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Thursday, August 02, 2012

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Effective research on the web is becoming increasingly important as a critical job skill in many work environments. Sure, anyone can enter a few words into a search box, but what sets WebSearch University alumni apart is their ability to use multiple search engines, advanced search techniques, and specialized sources to quickly hone in on relevant, reliable answers. Will you be among the power-searching pros?

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NewsBreaks
Justice Department Responds to Ebook Lawsuit Objections
by George H. Pike
In a strongly worded document, the U.S. Department of Justice responded to public comments made objecting to the department's proposed settlement of price fixing charges levied against Apple, Inc., HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and four other publishers. The charges arose out of an alleged scheme between Apple and the publishers to establish an "agency model" of ebook pricing, with a goal of defeating Amazon.com's widespread ebook discounting. Under this model, the publishers agree to follow the same pricing models in their sales to all ebook vendors including Amazon. According to the Justice Department, the scheme resulted in higher ebook prices and was a violation of federal antitrust laws.

Weekly News Digests
Census Bureau API Lets Developers Create Custom Apps
The U.S. Census Bureau launched a new online service that makes key demographic, socioeconomic, and housing statistics more accessible than ever before. The Census Bureau's first-ever public Application Programming Interface (API) allows developers to design web and mobile apps to explore or learn more about America's changing population and economy.
Vook Launches New Features on Ebook Publishing Platform
Vook, a cloud-based ebook publishing platform, announced new features: a new Vook Store, personalized eBook Webpages, and the ability for authors to sell ebooks via a browser reader and keep 85% of their royalties. Vook also announced new pricing. To automatically distribute to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and get the final files, it's a one-time only fee of $99. For that $99, Vook will give you your files, sell your title through its eTailer accounts, provide a sales tracking dashboard, and pay authors 100% of their net royalties from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks.
Chinese Ebooks From Apabi Coming to EBSCO Discovery Service
EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and Apabi signed an agreement allowing metadata from Apabi's ebook collection to be added to the Base Index of EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). The ebooks from Apabi are designed to offer a vast collection in a variety of subject areas to researchers in higher education, public libraries, corporations, and government.

NewsLink Spotlight
Expand Your Search Engine Options
by Paula J. Hane
One of the most popular bylined pieces in our NewsBreaks/NewsLink Spotlight collection has been my April 1, 2010 article, "Alternative Search Engines Offer Rich Options." Since things have changed considerably in the last 2-plus years, I decided it was time to look at what some of the most useful options now are for search engines. While Google continues its domination of the search market, some enterprising folks continue to seek out alternatives—for additional features, interface preferences, spam avoidance, or privacy and security reasons.

Is Bias Unavoidable

Is Bias Unavoidable in Enterprise Search? (2:07)

Synthexis President Sue Feldman discusses the preventability (or non-preventability) of bias in search in this clip from the security, privacy, and ethics panel at Enterprise Search & Discovery 2018.

 

Bookshelf
Find it Fast, 6th edition Find It Fast, 6th Edition
Extracting Expert Information from Social Networks, Big Data, Tweets, and More
by Robert Berkman

In Find It Fast, business research guru Robert Berkman gives expert advice on how to locate the best information sources, how to find and utilize the professionals behind those sources, and how to combine expert techniques to do fast and effective research on any subject.

You'll find practical guidance on such subjects as how to know if a site is a trusted source; understanding how and why sources differ; using precision search strategies and taming information overload; and finding, evaluating, and interviewing experts. Whether you are looking for consumer information, data for a job or project, facts for starting a new business, or an answer to an obscure question, Find It Fast will help you find it. Fast!

2015/336 pp softbound | ISBN 978-1-937290-04-7
Regular Price: $24.95 | Web Orders: $22.45

 
 
Conference Connection

CONFERENCE CALENDAR 

Dec. 6–9, The 10th Forum for Information Retrieval Evaluation (FIRE 2018)
Place: Bangalore, India
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: fire.irsi.res.in/fire/2018/home

Dec. 10–12, The 11th International Conference on Informatics and Systems (INFOS 2018)
Place: Cairo, Egypt
Sponsor/Organizer: Faculty of Computers and Information, Cairo University
URL: infos.cu.edu.eg/2018

Dec. 12, The Library of the Future: Inside & Out (NISO Virtual Conference)
Place: Online only
Sponsor/Organizer: National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
URL: niso.org/events/2018/12/library-future-inside-out

Dec. 17–19, 8th World Congress on Information and Communication Technologies (WICT'18)
Place: Kochi, India
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: mirlabs.org/wict18

Jan. 15–16, Academic Publishing in Europe (APE 2019)
Place: Berlin, Germany
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: ape2019.eu

Jan. 19–21, 2019 International Conference on Library and Information Science (LIS 2019)
Place: Sapporo, Japan
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: iconlis.org

Jan. 22–24, International BOBCATSSS Conference 2019
Place: Osijek, Croatia
Sponsor/Organizer: Osijek University, Croatia; Linnaeus University, Sweden; Uppsala University, Sweden; The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
URL: bobcatsss2019.ffos.hr/about.html

Jan. 25–29, 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits
Place: Seattle, Wa.
Sponsor/Organizer: American Library Association (ALA)
URL: ala.org/conferencesevents/midwinter-meeting

... View our complete conference calendar here.

ITI Blogs

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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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