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Monday, July 23, 2012

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NewsBreaks
The Institution of Engineering and Technology to Launch New Digital Library
by Paula J. Hane
With the goal of making more content more accessible to a wider market, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) announced a significantly redeveloped and enhanced Digital Library. Scheduled to launch later this summer, the Digital Library is part of the IET's mission to facilitate access to essential engineering intelligence worldwide. All of the IET's research content will be available on the new platform. It has been developed on Publishing Technology's pub2web platform, which is designed to improve the speed and ease with which academic and corporate users can access the IET's 3,000 ebook chapters and 185,000 journal articles that date from 1872.

Weekly News Digests
Desire2Learn Announces New Integration Partnerships
Desire2Learn, Inc., a provider of teaching and learning platforms, and Cengage Learning, a provider of teaching, learning, and research solutions, announced the availability of enhanced interoperability of Cengage Learning's digital content and solutions within the Desire2Learn platform. Desire2Learn and CourseSmart, a provider of etextbooks and digital course materials, also announced an enhanced integration that will enable students and faculty to access CourseSmart's growing catalog of more than 30,000 titles more seamlessly within their existing workflows.
iCopyright Granted U.S. Patent on Peer-Policing System
iCopyright.com announced that it has been granted a U.S. patent on its instant copyright licensing and verification system. The invention is unique because it enables people to instantly verify that someone using copyrighted material has the proper license to do so, and it enables others to obtain their own license to use the work directly from the copied work, not just the original.
NPG Expands Linked Data Platform
As part of its wider commitment to open science, Nature Publishing Group's (NPG) Linked Data Platform now hosts more than 270 million Resource Description Framework (RDF) statements. It has been expanded more than 10 times in a growing number of datasets. These datasets have been created under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) waiver, which permits maximal use/reuse of this data. The data is now being updated in real time, and new triples are being dynamically added to the datasets as articles are published on nature.com.

NewsLink Spotlight
The Challenging Landscape of Ebooks in Libraries
by Paula J. Hane
The overall growth in digital content of all kinds, and in particular, the growing importance and acceptance of ebooks, has clearly presented great opportunities for libraries, as well as plenty of challenges. Many libraries are coping with decreasing budgets while at the same time experiencing increased demand for content and services. Challenges include limited availability of ebooks from publishers, increasing demands for tech support with ebook readers and mobile devices, cumbersome borrowing processes, and minimal discoverability of ebook content. Two recent reports shed some light on the current situation, providing interesting statistics and perspectives.

How to Fix Facebook's Fake News Problem

How to Fix Facebook's Fake News Problem (4:16)

The Accidental Data Scientist author Amy Affelt discusses leading technology experts' recommended remedies for fixing Facebook's fake news problem 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.

ITI News

The Information Advisor's Guide to Internet Research

Edited by Robert Berkman, The Information Advisor’s Guide to Internet Research explores, evaluates, and provides critical analysis of free and fee-based information resources, web-based services, and search strategies to help you maximize your time and keep you up-to-date on the internet's role in research.

IAG

In addition to at least one feature by business specialist Berkman, each issue of The Information Advisor’s Guide to Internet Research includes an in-depth article by Ran Hock, author of The Extreme Searcher book series and well-known seminar speaker, who checks out a major web resource.

Four regular columns are rotated; two appear each issue and give readers suggestions for cool internet tools to check out (Brian Smith McCallum, M.L.S., public and academic librarian); sites to turn to for more scholarly research needs (Briana McGuckin, reference and instructional librarian); sites to go to that provide information for the common good (Susan Fingerman, retired librarian instructor, STEM); and sites that give you “big data” facts and figures on a range of topics (Jackie Shane, former reference librarian).

Download your free copy of the June 2018 issue now!


CIL Cover

Computers in Libraries magazine has posted its 2019 editorial calendar and has issued a call for article proposals at infotoday.com/cilmag/contrib.shtml#themes.


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