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Thursday, March 14, 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
Copyright Alert System to Warn, Then Punish, Peer-to-Peer File Sharing
by George H. Pike
After months of delays, a coalition of content providers and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) launched the Copyright Alert System, a "six strikes" structure that will notify, then potentially punish users for illegal file sharing. The system works through the monitoring of peer-to-peer file sharing services by content providers, who in turn will notify ISPs, who will send warnings to their account holders. As more warnings are received, increasingly severe sanctions may apply, up to a reduction in internet speed. The system, which will be fully rolled out over the coming weeks, is being hailed by the content community as a "model for addressing important issues facing all who participate in the digital entertainment ecosystem." Critics describe the system as "Hollywood's private enforcement arm, without the checks and balances public enforcement requires."

Weekly News Digests
LexisNexis Announces Major Release of Concordance Evolution
LexisNexis Legal & Professional announced a major new release of Concordance Evolution, the next generation of the company's fully installed enterprise review software product for electronic discovery and litigation document management. The new release is completely web-enabled, allowing for efficient implementation and deployment.
EDUCAUSE and Internet2 to Launch Etextbook Pilot
EDUCAUSE and Internet2 announced that Courseload, CourseSmart, McGraw-Hill Education and more than 50 publishers are participating in a pilot in fall 2013 to further provide campuses nationwide an opportunity to explore, evaluate, and advance the transition from traditional media models, including textbooks, to electronic platforms. The fall 2013 pilot is the latest in a series of efforts.
De Gruyter Signs 10,000 Title Ebook Agreement with YBP Library Services
De Gruyter, the international academic publishing house, announced that it has signed an agreement with YBP Library Services (YBP), the academic division of Baker & Taylor, whereby nearly 10,000 titles from De Gruyter's eBook program, e-dition, will be made available for purchase through GOBI3 (Global Online Bibliographic Information), YBP's acquisition and collection management interface. De Gruyter publishes more than 850 new titles annually in medicine, the humanities, natural sciences, and law, in addition to more than 600 journals and digital media publications.

NewsLink Spotlight
Etextbook Update
by Paula J. Hane
I've been regularly covering news of digital textbooks for several years. It is now a market in such flux, with so many developments, startup launches, reports of research, publishing company restructuring and mergers, and more, that it warrants revisiting frequently. This is a review of some recent noteworthy developments and a discussion of a report on student acceptance.

Machine Learning, Relevancy, and Google

Machine Learning, Relevancy, and Google (4:15)

Online Searcher editor-in-chief Marydee Ojala explains how some behind-the-scenes machine learning capabilities have effectively replaced advanced search features in Google in this clip from her presentation at Computers in Libraries 2019.

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