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Thursday, August 30, 2012

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NewsBreaks
MOOCs and the Changing Face of Higher Education
by Abby Clobridge
Although universities are usually slow to change, several high-profile institutions in recent months have begun to experiment with offering courses to unprecedented numbers of simultaneous learners anywhere in the world for free. These initiatives, often referred to as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), have the following potential avenues: to expand access to learning opportunities, eliminate many geographic and economic barriers to education, create more diverse learning communities, transform lifelong learning, and augment face-to-face and traditional education in new ways. However, while MOOCs present new opportunities, they also raise a number of important questions for higher education administrators, faculty, and students.

Weekly News Digests
OCLC Libraries Begin Phased Migration to WorldShare Interlibrary Loan Service
OCLC completed beta testing of the new OCLC WorldShare Interlibrary Loan service and is moving forward with an 18-month phased migration to the new service. WorldShare Interlibrary Loan is scheduled to replace WorldCat Resource Sharing in 2013 as part of libraries' existing subscriptions. The new service will centralize workflows now managed in multiple systems, and provide new functionality that speeds fulfillment of interlibrary loan requests, saving time for library staff and library users.
InfoDesk Introduces InfoMonitor: Competitive Intelligence Made Easy
InfoDesk announced the launch of InfoMonitor, a new once-daily competitive intelligence, news and media monitoring service. InfoMonitor brings an organization all the important news and information, from all its preferred sources in one custom-edited, easily digestible daily email update. InfoMonitor can be delivered to your email inbox, web portal, or RSS feed.
New Resource—Gale Genealogy Connect
Gale, part of Cengage Learning, partnered with Genealogical.com to launch a new online resource for genealogists—Gale Genealogy Connect. Focusing on the "how to" of genealogical research, this new resource serves as a complement to popular fact, date, and people-based genealogy resources already on the market.

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.

Bookshelf
More Library Mashups
 
 
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More Library Mashups
Exploring New Ways to Deliver Library Data
Edited by Nicole C. Engard

Nicole Engard follows up her highly-regarded 2009 book with a fresh collection of mashup projects that virtually any library can emulate, customize, and build upon. In More Library Mashups, Engard and 24 creative library professionals describe how they are mashing up free and inexpensive digital tools and techniques to improve library services and meet everyday (and unexpected) challenges.

Examples from libraries of all types are designed to help even non-programmers share and add value to digital content.

2015/376 pp/softbound | ISBN 978-1-57387-498-4
Regular Price: $45.00 | Web Order Price: $40.50
Ebook versions also available

Conference Connection

CONFERENCE CALENDAR 

Aug. 6–7, Creative Librarian 2.0: Connect, Collaborate and Share Knowledge Using Social Media Platform
Place: New Delhi
Sponsor/Organizer: TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute)
URL: teriin.org/index.php?option=com_events&view=details&sid=800&Itemid=110

Aug. 9–13, The 38th Annual ACM SIGIR Conference
Place: Santiago, Chile
Sponsor/Organizer: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (SIGIR)
URL: sigir2015.org

Aug. 12–14, The Fifth International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference
Place: Vancouver, British Columbia
Sponsor/Organizer: Public Knowledge Project (PKP)
URL: pkp.sfu.ca/5th-international-pkp-scholarly-publishing-conference-scholarship-technology-and-community

Aug. 13–15, The 16th IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration
Place: San Francisco
Sponsor/Organizer: IEEE Computer Society
URL: ieee-iri.org

Aug. 15–21, The 81st IFLA General Conference and Assembly
Place: Cape Town, South Africa
Sponsor/Organizer: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
URL: conference.ifla.org/ifla81

Aug. 17–19, Customer Service Experience
Place: New York
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: custservexperience.com/2015

Aug. 17–19, CRM Evolution
Place: New York
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: destinationcrm.com/Conferences/2015

Aug. 17–19, SpeechTEK
Place: New York
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: speechtek.com/2015

Aug. 24–26, The International Conference on Open and Big Data (OBD 2015)
Place: Rome
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing Committee
URL: ficloud.org/obd2015

... View our complete conference calendar here.

ITI Blogs

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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: Brandi Scardilli
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