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Monday, May 21, 2012

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NewsBreaks
Contracting Government By Cutting Census Bureau Programs
by Barbie E. Keiser
On May 9, 2012, the U.S. House of Representative adopted the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013. In addition to cutting $20 million from this year's Economic Census, H.R. 5326 contained an amendment proposed by Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) that would eliminate funding—an estimated $2.5 billion over the next 10 years—for the American Community Survey (ACS). As one of the Tea Party officials who entered the House in 2010 on a platform to "streamline government and stop wasteful spending," Webster pointed to the intrusive nature of the census questions as his primary rationale for eliminating the program. In a statement released on May 10, the Census Bureau reported that eliminating the ACS would "mark the first time in the country's history that we would not collect and share vital economic and demographic measures of the country. These cuts would also keep us from conducting the 2012 economic census."

Weekly News Digests
LibLime Announces the Public Release of LibLime Koha 4.10
LibLime, a division of PTFS, announced the public release of LibLime Koha 4.10, which has been in beta-production release among sponsoring libraries since February 2012. After completing a rigorous beta-testing phase, the application is now publicly available for all as a download at www.liblime.com/demos, as well as www.koha.org/liblime-koha.
Unglue.it Officially Launches With Five Ebook Campaigns
Unglue.it launched on May 17, 2012, with campaigns for books from five initial authors and publishers. Unglue.it is a crowdfunding site that lets book lovers pay authors and publishers to make their already-published books free to the world under a Creative Commons license. If supporters pledge an amount chosen by the books' rightsholders before a given deadline, those books will be released as "unglued" ebook editions. The site launched in alpha in January.
Brill and Publishing Technology Celebrate Launch of Brill Online
Publishing Technology, a provider of software and services to the publishing industry, and Dutch publisher and long-term partner Brill, announce the launch of the new aggregated scholarly portal, Brill Online Books and Journals. For the first time, all of Brill's content from 20 subject specialties across three imprints (BRILL, Global Oriental, and Martinus Nijhoff Publishers) is integrated within a single resource. At launch, the site includes 175 journals and 2,400 ebooks, equating to more than 150,000 distinct articles and chapters.

NewsLink Spotlight
Online Consumer Privacy in the Spotlight
by Paula J. Hane
Choose Privacy Week is a national public awareness campaign that aims to educate the public on how to protect their privacy and understand their rights. This year, Choose Privacy Week is being held May 1-7, 2012. The timing for this public awareness campaign couldn't have been better. Within the past week, we've seen controversial cybersecurity legislation highlighted in the news and high-profile media coverage of Google's latest investigation by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Conference Connection

CONFERENCE CALENDAR 

Nov. 4–5, The 5th International Conference on Libraries, Information and Society (ICOLIS 2014)
Place: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sponsor/Organizer: Department of Library and Information Science, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya and University of Malaya Library
URL: umconference.um.edu.my/ICOLIS2014

Nov. 4–5, Taxonomy Boot Camp
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: taxonomybootcamp.com/2014

Nov. 4–7, KMWorld 2014
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: kmworld.com/Conference/2014

Nov. 5–7, Enterprise Search and Discovery
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: enterprisesearchsummit.com/DC2014

Nov. 5–8, The 34th Annual Charleston Conference
Place: Charleston, S.C.
Sponsor/Organizer:  Charleston Conference
URL: katina.info/conference

Nov. 5–8, Forum of the Library Information and Technology Association (LITA Forum)
Place: Albuquerque, N.M.
Sponsor/Organizer: LITA
URL: litablog.org/2013/11/call-for-proposals-2014-lita-forum

Nov. 6–7, The 11th International Conference on Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management & Organisational Learning—ICICKM 2014
Place: Sydney
Sponsor/Organizer: Academic Conferences and Publishing International
URL: academic-conferences.org/icickm/icickm2014/icickm14-home.htm

Nov. 6–7, SharePoint Symposium
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: sharepointsymposium.com/2014

Nov. 11, ALPSP Training Course: Understanding eJournal Technology
Place: Oxford, U.K.
Sponsor/Organizer: Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)
URL: alpsp.org/Ebusiness/Meetings/Meeting.aspx?ID=381

Nov. 13–14, 2014 Library Journal Directors’ Summit
Place: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Sponsor/Organizer: Library Journal
URL: lj.libraryjournal.com/directors-summit/#_

Nov. 14–16, The 2014 Young Adult Literature Symposium
Place: Austin, Texas
Sponsor/Organizer: Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
URL: yalitsymposium12.ning.com

Nov. 18–19, Streaming Media West
Place: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: streamingmedia.com/Conferences/West2014

Nov. 18–19, Streaming Media Producer Live
Place: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: producerlive.streamingmedia.com/2014

 ... View our complete conference calendar here

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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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