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Monday, February 27, 2012

Computers in Libraries 2012

Computers in Libraries is the most comprehensive North American conference and exhibition concentrating on all aspects of library technology. The 2012 program is filled with ideas, leading-edge practices, tips, and techniques for creating innovative libraries. The emphasis is on thinking outside of the box, learning from other industries, finding strategic partners, and creating value for our user communities with new tools, techniques and skills that build innovative and priority services. 

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NewsBreaks
OCLC Innovation Lab Offers to Build Websites for Small Libraries
by Barbara Quint
After just more than 1 year of development and testing, OCLC's Innovation Lab, an OCLC Research division, has moved the Website for Small Libraries (WSSL) project from the experimental to the beta test stage. If the service succeeds, the next and final step would be an upgrade to the production stage. Defining small libraries as those with collections of 20,000 or less and only single-digit numbers of employees, the OCLC project is open to nonmembers as well as members. The project began as a response to serious concerns posed by OCLC's Global Council as to the lack of web presence for small libraries.

Weekly News Digests
Bridgeman Education Metadata Comes to EBSCO Discovery Service
EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and Bridgeman Education developed a new partnership allowing images from Bridgeman Education's extensive collection to be searched within EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). The agreement will add metadata from the Bridgeman Education collection into the Base Index of EDS.
Ex Libris Integrates LOCKSS Software With SFX OpenURL Link Resolver
Ex Libris Group announced the integration of the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) Program software with the SFX OpenURL link resolver. The LOCKSS Program is an international community collaboration that archives copies of scholarly journals so that library users can continue to access licensed copies when the journals are not available directly from the publisher.
Cengage Learning to Provide Discounted Etextbooks to California State University
Cengage Learning announced an agreement with California State University (CSU) to provide discounted etextbooks to students as part of the Affordable Learning Solutions campaign. This 3-year contract will allow more than 400,000 students on 23 campuses to access Cengage Learning etextbooks at a substantial cost savings.

NewsLink Spotlight
ProQuest Works to Integrate Assets and Services
by Paula J. Hane
Last summer, ProQuest welcomed Kurt Sanford as its new CEO. He has now had 6 months leading the company and has already made his mark with a reorganization of leadership, new customer focus, and product migrations and integrations. I had a chance to visit with him during ALA Midwinter in Dallas and get an update on the corporate strategy he is implementing and his thoughts on the industry.

ITI Blogs

If you regularly read blogs, add these to your reader:

ITI Books Blog booksblog.infotoday.comnews, observations, and commentary from the authors, editors, and publishers of Information Today, Inc.'s many book offerings.

ITI Conference Blog libconf.com – covering ITI's library conferences worldwide.

Library Stuff librarystuff.net – the library blog dedicated to resources for keeping current and professional development, written by Steven M. Cohen.

InfoToday Europe Blog infotodayeurope.com – The latest news, analysis and opinion on the information industry in Europe and the UK.

Business of Video blog blog.streamingmedia.com – Daily posts about the online video industry, business trends and analysis, market data, and research as well as the online video business models in the media and entertainment, broadcast, publishing, advertising and enterprise industries.

destinationCRM Blog destinationcrmblog.coma blog from the editors of CRM magazine, dedicated to providing Customer Relationship Management information in a timely manner to connect decision makers and providers.

SpeechTech Blog speechtechblog.com – updates on speech technology and its applications in daily life. Covers everything from ASR to VUI, with lots of links, threads, and even a few pictures thrown in for good measure.


This newsletter is published by Information Today, Inc.
Editor: Brandi Scardilli
Website: http://www.infotoday.com/NewsLink
Email: bscardilli@infotoday.com