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Thursday, September 27, 2012

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NewsBreaks
Congress.gov Beta: An Early Look at a New THOMAS
by Peggy Garvin
The U.S. Congress and the Law Library of Congress launched the beta version of a new public legislative information system, Congress.gov (temporarily beta.congress.gov). Congress.gov eventually will replace the current official legislative information system, THOMAS. In a press release on Sept. 19, 2012, the Library of Congress noted that "the [current] system has been updated over the years, but [its] foundation can no longer support the capabilities that today's Internet users have come to expect, including access on mobile devices."

Weekly News Digests
Elsevier to Provide Free Content Through edX
Elsevier announced its plan to provide free content through edX, the online learning initiative founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) launched in May. Students who enroll in edX's course 6.002X: Circuits and Electronics will have free access to an online version of the course textbook, Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits, written by Anant Agarwal and Jeffrey Lang and published under Elsevier's Morgan Kaufmann imprint.
Project MUSE and Portico Partner to Preserve UPCC Ebooks
Portico and Project MUSE announced that they are partnering to secure the long-term preservation of ebooks published online in MUSE through the University Press Content Consortium (UPCC). Working together, Project MUSE and Portico will ensure that the ebook offerings of the UPCC—73 presses and more than 15,000 books at the time of signing—will remain available for future scholars, researchers, and students.
Two Centuries Later, The Annual Register Is an Ebook
The 253rd edition of ProQuest's Annual Register is now available as an ebook through ebrary, making this classic reference to world events as mobile as a smartphone. For more than 2 centuries, The Annual Register has been a "go-to" for librarians who value its year-by-year record of both major and minor world events. The complete archive of the reference became available as an online tool through ProQuest in 2007, enabling researchers to scan the full text of every edition in a single search. Now ebrary, a business unit of ProQuest, will enable libraries to make contents of the past 10 editions available as ebooks, supported by its rich features and functionality, such as notes, highlights, and shareable bookshelves.

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.

IT MastheadSubscribe to Information Today (IT) and read great stories such as "How Massachusetts Libraries are Disrupting the Ebook System" and "Sci-Hub, Elsevier, Piracy, and the Future of Scholarly Publishing."

And don't forget to check out the sample Digital Edition of IT, which features bonus online-only content!

Conference Connection

CONFERENCE CALENDAR 

Aug. 9–10, The 17th Annual Global Information Technology Management Association (GITMA) World Conference 2016
Place: San Diego
Sponsor/Organizer: Global Information Technology Management Association (GITMA)
URL: gitma.org/2016-gitma/gitma-2016-call-for-papers

Aug. 10–13, The National Diversity in Libraries Conference (NDLC ’16)
Place: Los Angeles
Sponsor/Organizer: University of California–Los Angeles (UCLA) Library and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
URL: arl.org/news/arl-news/3790-national-diversity-in-libraries-conference-2016-call-for-presentation-proposals-deadline-november-30-2015

Aug. 13–19, IFLA World Library and Information Congress
Place: Columbus, Ohio
Sponsor/Organizer: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
URL: 2016.ifla.org/congress-information

Aug. 22–24, The 2nd International Conference on Open and Big Data (OBD 2016)
Place: Vienna
Sponsor/Organizer: IEEE-CS TCI: Technical Committee on the Internet of the IEEE Computer Society
URL: ficloud.org/obd2016

Aug. 22–26, The Annual International Conference of the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL 2016)
Place: Tokyo
Sponsor/Organizer: International Association of School Librarianship (IASL)
URL: iasl2016.org

Aug. 31, NISO Virtual Conference: Data Curation—Cultivating Past Research Data for Future Consumption
Place: Online only
Sponsor/Organizer: National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
URL: niso.org/news/events/2016/virtual_conference/aug31_virtualconf

... 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, 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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