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Thursday, June 28, 2012

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NewsBreaks
New European Library Portal Launched
by Katherine Allen
The European Library is a new discovery service that provides access to the collections of the national libraries of 46 European countries, plus a growing number of research libraries. Content accessible from the new service includes rare books, manuscripts, images, and video. The service allows users to cross-search 200 million records, covering more than 24 million pages of full-text information and more than 7 million digital objects. Users can export records to reference management services such as Mendeley, and from the end of 2012, registered users will be able to download and re-use metadata free of charge. To facilitate further research, links are provided to other websites in the Europeana group.
Plum Analytics Maps Success in Open Access Scholarship
by Barbara Quint
Another trendy term has arrived—altmetrics, a contraction of the phrase "alternative metrics." The term refers to a group of different techniques and technologies all meant to wrestle with the issues of scholarship moving to digital venues. The issues include filtering good/better/best from bad/worse/worst, relieving the "firehose as drinking fountain" challenge of keeping up with digitally borne scholarship, and effectively replacing or reinforcing traditional measures of success in scholarship (e.g., prestigious journals, positive peer review, cite counts, etc.). A new small startup, Plum Analytics, has moved into the altmetrics field. It offers universities and other research institutions a way to track how researchers on staff have fared in the open access (OA) milieu.

Weekly News Digests
ProQuest Releases Digital NAACP Content Ahead of Schedule
The work of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and ProQuest to create broad, digital access to the archives of the venerable civil rights organization is progressing far ahead of schedule. ProQuest released the second in a series of six NAACP modules for libraries and researchers 4 months earlier than anticipated. ProQuest History Vault's The NAACP's Major Campaigns: Education, Voting Housing, Employment, Armed Forces provides electronic access to records documenting the organization's tireless fight for civil rights from 1916-1965.
Gale to Bring National Geographic Treasures to Libraries
Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools, and businesses, and the National Geographic Society, one of the world's largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, announced an extended agreement to create additional library products as part of a new product suite, National Geographic Virtual Library.
PsycTESTS Coming to EBSCOhost
EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and American Psychological Association (APA) has expanded their partnership to allow PsycTESTS to be available via EBSCOhost. PsycTESTS is a one-of-a-kind database providing descriptive summaries, full text, and relevant citations on the development and assessment of tests and measures that can be used in research and teaching.

How to Help Researchers Find ...

How to Help Researchers Find Reliable Sources and Avoid Fake News (5:37)

California State University-Northridge librarian Doris Helfer discusses a rubric she and her colleagues created to identify credible research sources and help their patrons steer clear of fake news in this clip from Computers in Libraries 2018.

ITI Blogs

If you regularly read blogs, add these to your reader:

ITI Conference Blog libconf.com – covering ITI's library conferences worldwide.

ILI365/InfoToday Europe Blog infotoday.eu – news and ideas for, and by, innovative info pros from around the world, throughout the year.

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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