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Thursday, April 18, 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 Sept. 9-11, 2013

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.
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.

Weekly News Digests
New OCLC Registry Service Shines a Spotlight on Libraries
OCLC announced that libraries can increase their visibility on the web by registering basic local information with the OCLC Library Spotlight program, a free service that works with popular web services to promote libraries. Yelp, the popular local directory service, agreed to be one of the first to work with OCLC on this new program. The initial phase of the program will focus on public and academic libraries in the U.S. Subsequent phases will include new partners to address additional library types and regions.
Elsevier and O’Reilly Media Sign New Ebook Distribution Deal
Elsevier, a provider of STM information products and services, and technology publisher O'Reilly Media announced that O'Reilly will distribute many of Elsevier's academic, research-focused ebooks. This expands the depth of ebooks available from O'Reilly in areas such as computer security and networking, and includes leading imprints such as Morgan Kaufmann, Syngress, Academic Press, Butterworth-Heinemann, Newnes, and Elsevier with more than 1,200 individual titles.
Publishers’ Online Communities to Double by 2015
The number of publisher-owned online communities is set to more than double over the next 2 years, according to new research released April 17, 2013 by Publishing Technology at The London Book Fair. The study, conducted by Bowker Market Research, a service of ProQuest affiliate Bowker, found that two-thirds of responding publishers currently host reader communities, and that this is set to rise to more than 90% over the next 2 years.

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."

More Library Mashups More Library Mashups
Exploring New Ways to Deliver Library Data
Edited by Nicole C. Engard

Nicole Engard follows up her highly-regarded 2009 book with a fresh collection of mashup projects that virtually any library can emulate, customize, and build upon. In More Library Mashups, Engard and 24 creative library professionals describe how they are mashing up free and inexpensive digital tools and techniques to improve library services and meet everyday (and unexpected) challenges.

Examples from libraries of all types are designed to help even non-programmers share and add value to digital content.

2015/376 pp/softbound | ISBN 978-1-57387-498-4
Regular Price: $45.00 | Web Orders: $40.50 | Ebook versions available

Conference Connection


Oct. 7–9, The Fifth International Conference on Digital Information Processing and Communications (ICDIPC2015)
Place: Sierre, Switzerland
Sponsor/Organizer: Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (SDIWC)
URL: sdiwc.net/conferences/icdipc2015

Oct. 11–15, The 14th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2015)
Place: Bethlehem, Pa.
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: iswc2015.semanticweb.org

Oct. 14–15, The Third International Conference on Enterprise Systems (ES 2015)
Place: Basel, Switzerland
Sponsor/Organizer: IEEE Technical Committees Enterprise Architecture and Engineering and Enterprise Information Systems
URL: es2015.org

Oct. 14–16, The 2nd International Conference on Children's Librarianship
Place: Puerto Princesa, Philippines
Sponsor/Organizer: National Library of the Philippines and Association of Librarians in the Public Sector (ALPS), Inc.
URL: web.nlp.gov.ph/nlp/?q=node/8583

Oct. 14–18, The 67th Frankfurt Book Fair
Place: Frankfurt, Germany
Sponsor/Organizer: Frankfurt Book Fair
URL: book-fair.com/en/fbf

Oct. 19–21, World Congress on Internet Security (WorldCIS-2015)
Place: Dublin
Sponsor/Organizer: IEEE UK/RI Computer Chapter
URL: worldcis.org

Oct. 19–22, ECIL (European Conference on Information Literacy) 2015
Place: Tallinn, Estonia
Sponsor/Organizer: Institute of Information Studies, Tallinn University
URL: ecil2015.ilconf.org

Oct. 20–21, Enterprise Search Europe 2015
Place: London
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: enterprisesearcheurope.com/2015

Oct. 20–21, Internet Librarian International (ILI) 2015
Place: London
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: internet-librarian.com/2015

Oct. 21–23, The 10th International Conference on Digital Information Management (ICDIM 2015)
Place: Jeju Island, South Korea
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: icdim.org

Oct. 26–27, Library Leaders Digital Strategy Summit 2015
Place: Monterey, Calif.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: librarysummit.com/2015

Oct. 26–28, Internet Librarian (IL) 2015
Place: Monterey, Calif.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: internet-librarian.infotoday.com/2015

... View our complete conference calendar here.

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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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