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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Effective research on the web is an essential job skill in many work environments. While anyone can enter a few words into a search box, what sets WebSearch University alumni apart is their ability to use multiple search engines well, advanced search techniques successfully, and specialized sources effectively.

Save the date to discover new techniques and learn when to let go of ingrained search habits that have become counter-productive.

Websearch University September 9-11, 2013

NewsBreaks
Amazon Buys Goodreads to Bolster Its Advice Portfolio
by Nancy K. Herther
On March 28, 2013, Goodreads' founders Otis and Elizabeth Chandler and Amazon vice president for Kindle Content, Russ Grandinetti, announced that Amazon had acquired Goodreads. The companies expect the deal to close in 2Q 2013. For the present, Goodreads will remain a separate company with headquartersin San Francisco. Goodreads' 16 million members—a number that has doubled in just the past year—now have 525 million books lining their online bookshelves and have written more than 23 million reviews.

Weekly News Digests
Bowker, ebrary, and Choice Enhance Access to Resources for College Libraries
ProQuest affiliate Bowker, ProQuest ebook business ebrary, and Choice, a publishing unit of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), are uniting to improve the accessibility and utility of Resources for College Libraries (RCL), the collection development tool for academic libraries. Choice and Bowker, whose unique partnership created RCL, have launched a variety of enhancements including a mobile application for the web-based resource, which is used by academic libraries to identify core titles for scores of academic subject areas. Additionally, more than 13,000 RCL titles will now be available on the ebrary platform.
Wiley Selects TEMIS for Semantic Big Data Initiative
John Wiley & Sons, Inc. announced that it signed a major license and services agreement with TEMIS, the provider of Semantic Content Enrichment solutions. Wiley will use TEMIS's Luxid Platform to enhance its STMS content, providing more sophisticated search and discovery tools to professional and academic researchers. Wiley will also leverage Luxid to identify similar and related documents promoting greater user engagement with one of the largest scientific archives of its kind.
Stanford and edX Collaborate on Development of Open Source Learning Platform
Stanford University and edX recently announced their collaboration to advance the development of edX's open source learning platform and provide free and open online learning tools for institutions around the world. edX is a not-for-profit online learning enterprise founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). edX will release the source code for its entire online learning platform on June 1, 2013.

NewsLink Spotlight
The Latest Pew Report on The State of the News Media
by Paula J. Hane
Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism published "The State of the News Media 2013," a study that concluded the U.S. has a "news industry that is more undermanned and unprepared to uncover stories, dig deep into emerging ones, or to question information put into its hands." Overall, "Online was the only category of news that showed growth." I'd say that's a fairly dreary and pessimistic outlook, as did many of the media outlets reporting the results of the study. Thankfully, there were actually some bright spots in the report that highlighted some of the evolutionary changes occurring. But, Matthew Yglesias, writing in Slate, says, "Ignore the doomsayers: The news-reading public has never had more and better information at their fingertips."

OS Digital Edition

In this sample digital edition of Online Searcher

Survey Research: Polling and Beyond
Advanced Twitter Search Commands
Open Knowledge Versus Knowledge Management
Questioning and Streamlining Decisions

Bookshelf
21 Days to Success With LinkedIn 21 Days to Success With LinkedIn
Business Social Networking the Gnik Rowten Way
by Ron Sukenick and Ken Williams

Building on their popular business parable, 21 Days to Success Through Networking, authors Sukenick and Williams are back with the next Gnik Rowten adventure. You'll learn critical LinkedIn lessons and techniques as fictional protagonist Gnik develops a vital network of influencers, experts, mentors, and potential clients using the free version of this powerful online tool.

Each chapter ends with a summary of the day's key learning experience. 21 Days to Success With LinkedIn is an entertaining and highly effective learning tool for anyone who is on LinkedIn but knows he could be using it more effectively.

2015/192 pp softbound | ISBN 978-1-937290-05-4
Regular Price: $15.95 | Web Orders: $14.35

 
 
Conference Connection

CONFERENCE CALENDAR 

May 4–7, RDAP (Research Data Access and Preservation) Summit 2016
Place: Atlanta
Sponsor/Organizer: Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)
URL: asist.org/events/rdap-summit

May 5, NSDR 2016 Symposium
Place: Bethesda, Md.
Sponsor/Organizer: National Digital Stewardship Residency (NSDR)
URL: ndsr2016.wordpress.com

May 6–8, The Sixth International Conference on Information Science and Technology (ICIST 2016)
Place: Dalian, China
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: icist.dlut.edu.cn/meeting/index_en.asp?id=2578

May 9, Content Delivery Summit 2016
Place: New York
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: contentdeliverysummit.com/2016

May 9–10, The 24th EBLIDA Annual Council Meeting & EBLIDA-NAPLE Conference
Place: The Hague, Netherlands
Sponsor/Organizer: European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) and National Authorities for Public Libraries in Europe (NAPLE)
URL: www.eblida.org/empowering-europe/eblida2016.html

May 9–11, Data Summit 2016
Place: New York
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: dbta.com/DataSummit/2016

May 10–11, Streaming Media East
Place: New York
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: streamingmedia.com/Conferences/East2016/default.aspx

May 11–13, BookExpo America (BEA)
Place: Chicago
Sponsor/Organizer: Reed Exhibitions
URL: bookexpoamerica.com

May 12–14, Personal Digital Archiving 2016
Place: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: lib.umich.edu/pda2016

May 17–19, Library Publishing Forum 2016
Place: Denton, Texas
Sponsor/Organizer: Library Publishing Coalition
URL: librarypublishing.org/events/lpforum16

May 23–25, Customer Service Experience
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: custservexperience.com/2016

May 23–25, CRM Evolution 2016 Conference and Exposition
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: destinationcrm.com/Conferences/2016

May 23–25, SpeechTEK 2016
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: speechtek.com/2016

May 27–28, #VisDom2016 (Visualization of Data and Information Symposium)
Place: Potsdam, Germany
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: mylibrary.fh-potsdam.de/visdom-2016

... View our complete conference calendar here.

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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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