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Monday, April 15, 2013

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NewsBreaks
The Wild West of MOOCs
by Abby Clobridge
Hardly a day goes by without a story appearing in a major new outlet about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). While most of the headlines—including this one—reference MOOCs, the real issues are quite broad in scope, covering everything from whether higher education as we know it is on the verge of combusting, to big, bold experiments using technology to deliver education in transformative ways on a global scale. While the exact discussions seem to change on a constant basis, some of the current hot topics include proposed legislation in California, the swirl of possibilities around business models for so-called xMOOCs, and increased demand for production and availability of open textbooks.
Elsevier Acquires Mendeley
by Barbara Brynko
For some industry onlookers, the news that Elsevier acquired Mendeley in early April came as no surprise. But the initial rumors in late December/early January about the possible sale shook the foundations of the research community. And just as the buzz seemed to die down, the rumors became reality on April 8, 2013, and refueled the controversy. Researchers were getting accustomed to Mendeley's social science platform and in sharing resources and data amid a growing community of like-minded users, and then it all seemed to change overnight.

Weekly News Digests
Credo Integrates Topic Pages With EBSCO Discovery Service
Credo announced that it has deployed new technology that integrates its growing library of Topic Pages with EBSCO Discovery Service. Students who search EDS will now see Topic Pages, which provide a gateway through Credo's trusted multimedia-rich reference content to other library resources, alongside their search results, providing a highly targeted starting point for deeper research. These searches will also retrieve Credo full-text reference entries, and will soon include high-resolution images and videos.
ProQuest Launches RefWorks Flow
ProQuest is launching a new collaboration platform for research materials called RefWorks Flow. This cloud-based resource takes what researchers love about RefWorks to a new level by supporting team environments—enabling easy document sharing—and mobile. Flow was created to provide a better solution for the changing workflow of researchers, who are increasingly working in team environments and want seamless access to full-text documents, rather than citations alone.
Wolters Kluwer Health Partners With CCC’s Pubget Solutions
Wolters Kluwer Health and Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), a not-for-profit organization and leading provider of licensing and content solutions, announced a partnership to make available CCC's suite of Pubget document management solutions—PaperStream, RightSphere, and PaperStats—to simplify institutional content discovery, compliance, and collection development.

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."

ITI Blogs

If you regularly read blogs, add these to your reader:

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. Covers everything from ASR to VUI, with lots of links, threads, and even a few pictures thrown in for good measure.


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Editor: Brandi Scardilli
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