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Thursday, June 07, 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
The ‘New Bing’: Now Searching With Facebook
by Greg R. Notess
Despite a disappointing IPO, Facebook is still the dominant social network both in terms of its user base and the length of time that its users spend on the site. Facebook has had a long relationship with Microsoft's Bing, but with the launch of the "New Bing" last month, Facebook can now become deeply integrated into the Bing search experience. Bing announced New Bing on May 10, 2012, and began slowly making it available to select Bing searchers. As of June 4, the New Bing is available to all U.S. searchers.

Weekly News Digests
New EBSCO Discovery Service API Released
EBSCO Publishing released an API for EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). EBSCO Discovery Service API (EDS API) was created for libraries that want to use their own portals or website applications for their discovery service user interface while also providing researchers with the robust metadata, superior content, and enhanced search features from EDS.
Impelsys Unveils iPublishCentral 4.0
Impelsys, a global provider of electronic content delivery solutions, unveiled the latest version of its digital publishing software platform at BookExpo America (BEA) 2012. iPublishCentral is a platform that allows publishers to warehouse, deliver, distribute, market, and sell their ebooks without making significant capital or engineering resource investments on their own. The beta version of iPublishCentral 4.0 includes important enhancements for both publishers, who are seeking to monetize their digital assets by selling ebooks to institutions, and for end users, who are downloading those ebooks onto their preferred devices.
LexisNexis Acquires Sanction Solutions
LexisNexis Legal & Professional announced that it acquired Sanction Solutions. Sanction litigation presentation software provides litigators a single resource to quickly assemble documents, exhibits, transcripts, questions, visuals, and video that will be used to manage and present evidence throughout litigation, categorize them, and then create clear, polished and compelling presentation materials necessary for building a case.

NewsLink Spotlight
Worldreader Aims for ‘Books for All’
by Paula J. Hane
Worldreader is a U.S. and European nonprofit whose mission is to make digital books available to children in the developing world, so millions of people can improve their lives. Reports indicate that 50% of schools in sub-Saharan Africa have few or no books (SACMEQ II), slowing learning and societal advancement. As of May 2012, Worldreader had put more than 100,000 ebooks—and the life-changing, power-creating ideas contained within them—into the hands of 1,000 children in sub-Saharan Africa.

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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