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Thursday, April 05, 2012

Call for Speakers is Open!

If you are running an innovative program through your school library or media/technology center that is helping your students learn or your colleagues teach, or if you are willing to share your practical tips, tools, or techniques about using technology and the internet in schools, we want you!

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NewsBreaks
Northern Light Introduces Discovery Portals
by Marydee Ojala
Northern Light Group, LLC is rolling out a new research tool that it is calling a discovery portal. Northern Light Discovery differs from the company's SinglePoint portal in that it's not customized for each specific customer. SinglePoint subscribers can access both internal and external content, with the proviso that they must have the legal rights to do so.

Weekly News Digests
Ex Libris’ Primo Central Adds 78 A&I Sources
Ex Libris Ltd., provider of library automation solutions, announced that RMIT Publishing has made additional scholarly content from its diverse collections searchable in the Primo Central Index. Under the agreement, Ex Libris will index a further 78 abstract and indexing (A&I) databases that cover agriculture, the arts, Asian studies, business, education, engineering, health, history, law, media, the sciences, the social sciences, and technology.
Consumer Surveying Conducted Via Google
Google Consumer Surveys is a new business-facing product that makes custom market research easy. It enables companies to ask questions and retrieve quantitative results quickly, accurately, and cost-effectively. Companies have already been using the service to research everything from online shopping behavior (Lucky Brand Jeans) to gluten-free baking mixes (King Arthur Flour) and to assess brand awareness (Timbuk2) and inform product development (479 Popcorn). Google shares the money these companies spend with publisher partners. Publishers get paid for hosting surveys. A number of publishers, such as The Texas Tribune, the Star Tribune, and Adweek have already started running these microsurveys on their sites.
Android Etextbook App Available From Ingram’s Vital Source
As students look for more ways to interact with digital textbooks, they are increasingly turning to smartphones and tablets powered by the Android operating system. To meet this demand, VitalSource, the etextbook platform from Ingram, expanded its mobile footprint with the addition of an etextbook app for Android.

NewsLink Spotlight
Expanding Options for Ebooks
by Paula J. Hane
The market for ebooks continues to evolve so quickly that it's a challenge just keeping up with announcements—new book-related startups, ebookstores, ebook production technology, subscription platforms, and etextbook platforms. Publishers, distributors, and readers all have their share of challenges in dealing with the new technologies, tools, and formats. Here are some of the recently launched services that are aiming to redefine the book experience.

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