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Monday, February 04, 2013

Computers in Libraries 2013  shares how leading edge libraries and information services are evolving, managing and excelling. Join us April 8-10 at the Hilton Washington to get lots of ideas and insights for jumpstarting your evolution strategies. 

NewsBreaks
ProQuest Adds Ebook Library (EBL) to Its Collection
by Barbara Quint
ProQuest signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ebook Library (EBL) from Australia-based Ebooks Corp. Ltd. After the transfer is completed over the next few weeks, Ebook Library will begin its merger with ebrary, acquired by ProQuest in 2011. Kari Paulson, president of EBL, will take over the merged ebook services and lead the project to build a "best-of-breed" ebook platform for libraries drawing on the best features of both services. Ebooks Corp., founded in 1997, retains its ebooks.com retail sales service to individual customers and its Ebook Services for publishers. The overall effect of the acquisition and merger should be to expand the number of publishers and publications available from ProQuest and to increase ProQuest's market penetration internationally, particularly in Europe and Australia.

Weekly News Digests
Expanded Access to U.S. Federal Court Opinions
A pilot project giving the public free, text-searchable, online access to court opinions now is available to all federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts. The Judicial Conference, the policymaking body of the federal court system, approved national implementation of the project with the Government Printing Office, Federal Digital System (FDsys), which provides free access to publications from all three branches of federal government via the internet.
EBSCO Releases eBook Public Library Collection
EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) released its latest ebook subscription collection focused on the needs of public library patrons. eBook Public Library Collection includes more than 25,000 general reference ebook titles in a variety of subjects and topics including social sciences, language and literature, and science and technology.
Summon Service Slated to Index SciELO Ebook Titles
Serials Solutions, a ProQuest business, is working with Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) to index its ebook collection in the Summon discovery service. Recognizing that much scholarly work in the humanities and social sciences is published in book form rather than in periodicals, SciELO introduced this collection as a parallel to its collection of scientific academic journals. The collection is a mix of open access and commercial ebooks from major academic publishers in Brazil and Latin America.

NewsLink Spotlight
A Cyber War Is Brewing
by Paula J. Hane
At first, it just seemed to be a trickle of bad news. This company or another was the object of a cyberattack. Sometimes it was the hackers group with the ominous-sounding name, Anonymous, that was blamed. Then, Anonymous reportedly defaced the entire MIT website in revenge following the recent suicide of Aaron Swartz. It also hacked the Department of Justice Sentencing Commission website and threatened to launch "multiple warheads." This prompted me to do some digging. I found that hacking incidents seem to be much more pervasive—and serious—than I'd thought. The reports of cybersecurity breaches have grown more numerous in the last few years, and there have been a flood of security warnings recently.

How to Fix Facebook's Fake News Problem

How to Fix Facebook's Fake News Problem (4:16)

The Accidental Data Scientist author Amy Affelt discusses leading technology experts' recommended remedies for fixing Facebook's fake news problem in this clip from Computers in Libraries 2018.

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.

ITI News

The Information Advisor's Guide to Internet Research

Edited by Robert Berkman, The Information Advisor’s Guide to Internet Research explores, evaluates, and provides critical analysis of free and fee-based information resources, web-based services, and search strategies to help you maximize your time and keep you up-to-date on the internet's role in research.

IAG

In addition to at least one feature by business specialist Berkman, each issue of The Information Advisor’s Guide to Internet Research includes an in-depth article by Ran Hock, author of The Extreme Searcher book series and well-known seminar speaker, who checks out a major web resource.

Four regular columns are rotated; two appear each issue and give readers suggestions for cool internet tools to check out (Brian Smith McCallum, M.L.S., public and academic librarian); sites to turn to for more scholarly research needs (Briana McGuckin, reference and instructional librarian); sites to go to that provide information for the common good (Susan Fingerman, retired librarian instructor, STEM); and sites that give you “big data” facts and figures on a range of topics (Jackie Shane, former reference librarian).

Download your free copy of the June 2018 issue now!


CIL Cover

Computers in Libraries magazine has posted its 2019 editorial calendar and has issued a call for article proposals at infotoday.com/cilmag/contrib.shtml#themes.


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