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Monday, April 23, 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
Federal Depository Library Program: Legislative Issues
by Miriam A. Drake
The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) is the subject of a report released by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) on March 29, 2012. "Federal Depository Library Program: Issues for Congress" (report number R42457) includes a brief history of the program, a section on the ITHAKA report prepared for the Government Printing Office, and a discussion on some key issues. The report concluded that the current statutes (44 U.S.C. 1901-1916) governing the FDLP are not sufficient to regulate the program in the digital age.

Weekly News Digests
Academic Video Database Coming to EBSCO Discovery Service
Mutual customers of EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) and the INTELECOM Online Resources Network will soon benefit from a recent agreement between EBSCO Publishing and INTELECOM Intelligent Telecommunications. The agreement makes provisions to add metadata for all videos from INTELECOM's academic video database to the Base Index of EDS and lets mutual customers get access to the full video database. With 3,500 video clips and growing, the INTELECOM collections adds rich media to EDS.
OCLC and Credo Reference Extend Partnership
OCLC and Credo Reference announced a special collaboration project that is designed to increase collection visibility and usage for library users. Credo's Topic Pages will now be enhanced with WorldCat results to show local library materials alongside other timely, relevant web materials.
CABI Re-Indexing Improves Search and Retrieval
Seamless searching and one-click retrieval are now realities for customers of life sciences publisher CABI's abstracts databases, thanks to a major re-indexing project. CABI has announced that more than 9 million records on CAB Direct have been re-indexed to bring them into line with the controlled vocabulary of the updated 2011 CAB Thesaurus. This has standardized indexing and searching across all database records from 1910 to the present day, enabling the retrieval of all records for an organism or concept using the current up-to-date name, despite the fact that over time it may have been indexed using older names or terminology.

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.


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Editor: Brandi Scardilli
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