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Thursday, April 19, 2012

WebSearch University

Take your search skills to the next level!

Today's difficult economy requires info pros to keep on top of technological tweaks and resource changes. To distinguish themselves from the casual searcher, info pros need to deliver relevant results in a timely and professional manner. They must recognize high quality sources. WebSearch University teaches researchers how to maximize the value of Google, efficiently use other major search engines, discover targeted search engines, and cost-effectively deliver results. At WebSearch University, internet searchers improve their skills, add to their intelligence quotient, and refresh their search competencies.

NewsBreaks
Opening Up the World Bank's Data
by Marydee Ojala
In its ongoing trajectory toward transparency, the World Bank announced on April 10, 2012, that it would make its publications open access (OA) under Creative Commons licenses. Its OA policy becomes effective on July 1, 2012. The World Bank, an international financial institution dedicated to lending money to developing nations and eradicating poverty, is also a fervent gatherer of information. Librarians and other information professionals are much more interested in the World Bank as a data source than as a lending agency. The World Bank collects data not only on economies, debt, finance, and poverty but also on health, education, urban planning, agriculture, mining, energy, and rural areas.

Weekly News Digests
Baker & Taylor and Findaway World to Launch Audiobook Platform
Baker & Taylor, a distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment products, and Findaway World, LLC (Findaway), the creators of Playaway, Playaway View, and Catalist Digital, announced plans to launch a robust digital audiobook platform for public libraries and retailers later this year. The partnership leverages Findaway's extensive digital audiobook catalog and existing Catalist Digital platform with Baker & Taylor's Axis 360 digital media platform to create a seamless mobile listening experience available for libraries, patrons, and consumers—from audiobook selection to download.
OAPEN Launches Beta Version of Directory of Open Access Books
OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) announced the launch of the beta version of Directory of Open Access Books, a discovery service for peer-reviewed books published under an open access (OA) license. DOAB provides a searchable index to the information about these books, with links to the full texts of the publications at the publisher's website or repository.
New Multimedia Tools Help Museums, Libraries Support 21st Century Skills
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) revamped the webpage for its Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills initiative. Museums and libraries visiting the page will now be able to access practitioner videos, a PowerPoint presentation, an updated resource list, and a toolkit that will help them organize 21st-century skills workshops in their communities. These new resources join IMLS's 2009 report and self-assessment tool already in wide use.

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.

ILI 2017

INTERNET LIBRARIAN INTERNATIONAL

THE LIBRARY INNOVATION CONFERENCE

 October 17 & 18, London

ILI's Programme Director, Val Skelton, celebrates librarian superpowers. 
Librarians are leaders in tech, organizational influencers, expert marketers (often working with a zero budget), change managers, skilled data crunchers and expert internet searchers--and so much more. ILI's conference programme celebrates the incredible range of roles, skills, and initiatives librarians are carrying out every day. Over two days this October, six conference tracks highlight the importance of the internet librarian's role.

THE NEW LIBRARY, THE NEW LIBRARIAN – exploring some of the strategies, structures, teams, skills, services and collaborations librarians are using to ensure they stay at the cutting edge.

USERS, UX, AND USAGE – understanding how libraries are working with users to redesign services, spaces, and to understand usage.

CONTENT CREATIVITY – investigating how libraries are creating, curating, and marketing digital collections, how librarians are publishers in their own right, and how they are driving collaborative content creation.

FIGHT THE FAKE, FIND THE FACTS – celebrating two of the librarian's super powers--advanced search techniques and nurturing information integrity--in a post-truth/multi-truth era.

MARKETING THE LIBRARY – sharing stories of librarians who are influencing use and expanding audiences for their services and collections from the DJ librarian to the digital storyteller.

NEW SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATIONS – exploring why the scholarly communications landscape is changing, and what this means for libraries and information professionals.

In addition to a series of one-hour workshops - ILI Extra - covering a wide range of specialised skills and topics, from tech topics to personal development, ILI also hosts two one-day pre-conference workshops:

Websearch Academy 2017 explores the intricacies of research on the web. Our global expert speakers look at advanced search, evaluation of search engines, apps relevant to serious research, social media search, and analysis of search results.

Marketing Your Library Service: Principles and Actions--In libraries we spend so much time curating our content and services that sometimes we don’t put enough focus on telling people about what we do. We do so much, but how do we ensure people hear about what we offer and understand what we do?

ILI 2017 GIF

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 infotoday.eu – 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, covering everything from ASR to VUI, with lots of links, threads, and even a few pictures thrown in for good measure.


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Editor: Brandi Scardilli
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