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Monday, August 13, 2012

 

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NewsBreaks
Mendeley Institutional Edition Adds Altmetric Feature for Librarian Users
by Barbara Quint
Mendeley is widely used in academe to help scholars organize, share, and discover new research. It combines desktop software and web-based bibliographic database management and storage with social networking. At present, it has more than 1.8 million users who have contributed some 270 million documents and document citations. In January this year, Mendeley announced it would be releasing an Institutional Edition, in cooperation with the Dutch serial subscription agency Swets, to supply university and college campuses with a package of services. The Mendeley Institutional Edition (MIE) premiered in May. The latest announcement indicates that it has eight campuses signed up. The announcement also notes that Mendeley is offering a new data dashboard to provide real-time altmetrics ("alternative metrics") usage data drawing on the Mendeley community's experience.

Weekly News Digests
Amazon Forces Unglue.it to Suspend Crowdfunding for Ebooks
"Amazon Payments has informed us that they will no longer process pledge payments for Unglue.it, forcing us to suspend all active ungluing campaigns," announced Eric Hellman, president of Gluejar, Inc., the company behind crowdfunding site Unglue.it. The Unglue.it website launched on May 17, 2012, with the goal of "giving ebooks to the world." It has unglued one title so far.
Elsevier Adds Ebooks to ebrary’s Academic Complete
ebrary, a ProQuest business, announced that Elsevier Science & Technology Books is adding more than 1,000 titles to Academic Complete, the scholarly subscription database of more than 78,000 ebooks with unlimited, multiuser access. This marks the first time that these Elsevier titles covering subjects such as mechanical engineering, chemical and process engineering, and civil engineering, as well as environmental energy and alternative energy, have ever been available under a subscription model.
ALA Releases Report on Ebook Business Models for Public Libraries
Based on conversations with publishers and deliberations on the ebook market, the American Library Association (ALA) released "Ebook Business Models for Public Libraries," a report that describes general features and attributes of the current ebook environment and outlines constraints and restrictions of current business models. The report, which was created by the ALA Digital Content and Libraries Working Group (DCWG), suggests opportunities for publishers to showcase content through public libraries.

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.

Six Tips for Protecting Yourself Online

Six Tips for Protecting Yourself Online (3:23)

Evolve Project Director of Strategic Innovation Brian Pichman explains how to shore up your personal cybersecurity in this clip from Computers in Libraries 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 

Nov. 13, Sports Streaming Summit
Place: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: 
streamingmedia.com/Conferences/West2018/Sports.aspx

Nov. 13–14, OTT Leadership Summit
Place: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: 
streamingmedia.com/Conferences/West2018/OTTSummit.aspx

Nov. 13–14, Video Engineering Summit
Place: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: 
streamingmedia.com/Conferences/West2018/VES.aspx

Nov. 13–14, eBook Management: What Works, What Doesn’t (ALCTS e-Forum)
Place: Online only
Sponsor/Organizer: Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS)
URL: 
ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum/111318

Nov. 13–14, Live Streaming Summit
Place: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: 
streamingmedia.com/Conferences/West2018/livestreamingsummit.aspx

Nov. 13–14, Streaming Media West
Place: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: 
streamingmedia.com/Conferences/west2018

Nov. 13–15, International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) Web Archiving Conference 2018
Place: Wellington, New Zealand
Sponsor/Organizer: International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC)
URL: 
netpreserve.org/ga2018

Nov. 14–15, 2018 Library Marketing and Communications Conference (LMCC)
Place: St. Louis, Mo.
Sponsor/Organizer: Library Marketing Conference Group (LMCG)
URL: 
librarymarketingconference.org/lmcc-2018-announcements

Nov. 14–17, The 1st International Children's Libraries Symposium
Place: Urgup, Turkey
Sponsor/Organizer: University of Marmara, Department of Information and Records Management; Ministry of Culture and Tourism Libraries and Publications General Directorate
URL: 
childrenslibraries.org

Nov. 17–20, The 18th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM 2018)
Place: Singapore
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing Committee
URL: 
icdm2018.org

Nov. 29–Dec. 1, International Conference on Digital Transformation (ICDT 2018)
Place: Delhi, India
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing Committee
URL: 
ifla.org/files/assets/asia-and-oceania/news/icdt_confernece_brochure_19-09-2018.pdf

... View our complete conference calendar here.

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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