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Monday, September 10, 2012


We are happy to announce the addition of The Lily to our collections.
This first newspaper for women was issued from 1849 until 1853. The Lily maintained a strong focus on temperance and often published many horror stories about the effects of alcohol. The circulation of The Lily quickly rose to 4,000 per month because of the women's dress reform controversy that enveloped its editor, Amelia Bloomer. Learn More at accessible-archives.com.

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NewsBreaks
Amazon Fires Up the Tablet and Ebook Markets
by Paula J. Hane
Amazon is turning up the heat—again—in the competition for the tablet and ebook reader markets. At a press conference in Santa Monica, Calif. on Sept. 6, 2012, with several hundred media folks in attendance, Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos gave 90-minute presentation about its latest Kindle products that are aimed directly at challenging Apple's iPad and, indeed, all other tablets and e-readers. The company introduced some impressive new technologies and features for its Kindle line and has definitely pushed pricing to a new low. More importantly, Bezos made it clear that the company plans to derive its revenue from the sale of content that the devices drive. "We make money when people use our devices, not when they buy our devices." The gauntlet is down.

Weekly News Digests
Bowker Syndetics Solutions Adds Reviews VOYA and Quill and Quire
Bowker Syndetics Solutions, the OPAC and discovery layer enrichment tool, is adding more than 25,000 reviews from key literary journals Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) and Quill and Quire. Libraries who subscribe to Syndetics Solutions can add the reviews to the bibliographic data displayed to patrons through their OPAC or discovery layer, the most common entry points to the library collection.
New Anthropology Databases Now Available via EBSCOhost
EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) added three new anthropology databases to the EBSCOhost platform. Anthropological Index, Anthropological Literature, and Anthropology Plus, cover the fields of anthropology, archaeology, and related interdisciplinary research. The three databases were formerly available from OCLC First Search.
OCLC’s WebJunction Receives Operating Grant From The Gates Foundation
OCLC received a $4.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support 5 years of ongoing operations of WebJunction, the learning place for libraries. Built with grant funding from the Gates Foundation and launched in 2003, OCLC's WebJunction has helped more than 70,000 library staff build the job skills they need to meet the challenges of today's environment.

NewsLink Spotlight
Apple-Samsung Case Highlights America’s Troubled Patent System
by Paula J. Hane
It's clear that Apple scored a major victory over Samsung in its recent and highly publicized patent dispute. A jury found that a number of Samsung's mobile devices infringed on Apple's patented designs and awarded damages of $1.05 billion to Apple. The jury also found that Apple had not violated any of the five patents Samsung asserted in the case. Apple then requested a ban on the sale of eight models of Samsung smartphones. Both companies are considering their next steps, while the media and blogosphere continue to buzz with reactions.

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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