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Thursday, February 21, 2013

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NewsBreaks
GPO’s Mission Is Validated by an Independent Study
by Miriam A. Drake
Every 5 years or so, Congress or an individual member of Congress decides it is time to study the Government Printing Office (GPO). The studies usually focus on the mission of GPO, cost savings, and the process of shifting printing to private industry or the federal agencies. Often Congress seems to forget that most of the printing done by GPO is contracted out to private companies and that U.S.C. Title 44 mandates that agencies procure printing through GPO. The latest study, "Rebooting the Government Printing Office: Keeping America Informed in the Digital Age," was performed by the National Association of Public Administration. The report "affirms GPO's mission of authenticating, preserving, and distributing Federal information." The report also recommends measures to strengthen the agency's business model and activities for the future.

Weekly News Digests
Impelsys Announces Commercial Launch of New eBook Ordering System
Impelsys, a provider of electronic content delivery solutions, announced the commercial launch of a new title acquisitions system for libraries that enables library staff to order ebooks for their collections directly from participating publishers. Impelsys' new eBook Ordering System was developed in partnership with Douglas County Libraries (DCL), a seven-branch public library system in Douglas County, Colo. The ebook acquisition dashboard was beta tested by DCL's professional staff and system modifications were made prior to commercial launch.
Net Minds Launches Disruptive Team Publishing Platform
Net Minds, a new disruptive team-publishing platform co-founded by ex-Yahoo executive and New York Times best-selling author, Tim Sanders, launched Feb. 13, 2013 at the Tools of Change Conference. It aims to offer authors and the entire publishing development process a smarter alternative to both traditional and "self" publishing methods. Net Minds' crowd-powered service gives authors rights, project autonomy, and team-building tools that make the publishing process transparent and effective.
EBSCO Publishing Introduces 23 New eBook Subject Sets
Librarians have a convenient way to begin or expand their ebook collections with 23 new eBook Subjects Sets from EBSCO Publishing. The eBook Subject Sets are prepackaged sets of titles from leading publishers in specific, high-interest topic areas chosen to meet libraries' needs while simplifying collection development. This latest release of eBook Subject Sets addresses the demand from libraries for more offerings in religion and theology, ethnic and cultural studies, literary criticism and writing, and engineering.

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.

Is Bias Unavoidable

Is Bias Unavoidable in Enterprise Search? (2:07)

Synthexis President Sue Feldman discusses the preventability (or non-preventability) of bias in search in this clip from the security, privacy, and ethics panel at Enterprise Search & Discovery 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 

Dec. 6–9, The 10th Forum for Information Retrieval Evaluation (FIRE 2018)
Place: Bangalore, India
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: fire.irsi.res.in/fire/2018/home

Dec. 10–12, The 11th International Conference on Informatics and Systems (INFOS 2018)
Place: Cairo, Egypt
Sponsor/Organizer: Faculty of Computers and Information, Cairo University
URL: infos.cu.edu.eg/2018

Dec. 12, The Library of the Future: Inside & Out (NISO Virtual Conference)
Place: Online only
Sponsor/Organizer: National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
URL: niso.org/events/2018/12/library-future-inside-out

Dec. 17–19, 8th World Congress on Information and Communication Technologies (WICT'18)
Place: Kochi, India
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: mirlabs.org/wict18

Jan. 15–16, Academic Publishing in Europe (APE 2019)
Place: Berlin, Germany
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: ape2019.eu

Jan. 19–21, 2019 International Conference on Library and Information Science (LIS 2019)
Place: Sapporo, Japan
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: iconlis.org

Jan. 22–24, International BOBCATSSS Conference 2019
Place: Osijek, Croatia
Sponsor/Organizer: Osijek University, Croatia; Linnaeus University, Sweden; Uppsala University, Sweden; The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
URL: bobcatsss2019.ffos.hr/about.html

Jan. 25–29, 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits
Place: Seattle, Wa.
Sponsor/Organizer: American Library Association (ALA)
URL: ala.org/conferencesevents/midwinter-meeting

... 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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