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Monday, August 06, 2012

 

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NewsBreaks
Cybersecurity and Privacy Concerns at the Highest Levels of Government
by Barbie E. Keiser
As is the case with many large institutions, federal agencies are playing catch-up with advances in technology, though some are succeeding better than others. On July 31, 2012, we learned from Gregory C. Wilshusen, director of information security issues at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO-12-96IT), that "Federal Law Should Be Updated to Address Changing Technology Landscape." Two days later, the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (S.3414) failed to win a cloture vote that would allow the Senate to vote on the bill before the August recess. The testimony and the bill address privacy issues that should concern every American who has dealings with any federal agency. However, the GAO report indicates that many privacy issues remain unaddressed, and 100 senators have left Washington for vacation without voting on S. 3414.

Weekly News Digests
Elsevier Launches New Design of Engineering Village
Elsevier announced the launch of its newly redesigned Engineering Village (EV). Enhancements to the EV user interface include the visual and structural organization of the product, which significantly improves research speed and overall usability. The new functionality and features that have been added have streamlined the site without sacrificing any of the solution's sophistication. As a result, essential information can be found quicker and more efficiently, streamlining workflows, saving valuable research time, and boosting productivity.
Expanded Access to eBooks on EBSCOhost Now Available Through GOBI3
Librarians accustomed to selecting and managing their ebook collections through GOBI3 from YBP Library Services (YBP), the academic division of Baker & Taylor, now have additional access options for the more than 320,000 ebook titles from eBooks on EBSCOhost. EBSCO Publishing and YBP have expanded the EBSCO eBook models that are available in YBP's acquisition and collection development interface.
ebrary Enhances Strategic Ebook Acquisition Program for Public Libraries
To enable public libraries to affordably and strategically meet the nonfiction ebook needs of patrons, ebrary, a ProQuest business, added more than 9,000 new titles from publishers including Bentham Science and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt across acquisition models. More than 1,100 of the new titles are in subjects including health & fitness, photography, and religion and are available through Public Library Complete, which provides simultaneous, multiuser access and continued growth. These titles and an additional 7,900 ebooks in subject areas such as history, sports, and art are now available for purchase outright or through ebrary's patron driven acquisition program. Many are also available for short-term loan.

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.

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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 infotodayeurope.com – 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. 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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Editor: Deborah Poulson
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Email: dpoulson@infotoday.com