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Monday, April 22, 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

NewsBreaks
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Makes Its Debut
by Paula J. Hane
Everything seemed to be on schedule for the long-planned Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to make its public debut with a 2-day series of events on April 18-19 at the Boston Public Library. Then, disaster struck Boston on Monday, April 15—a very public and destructive bombing attack occurred during the Boston Marathon on the street in front of the Boston Public Library. The event, which was to be convened by the DPLA Secretariat at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and co-hosted by the Boston Public Library, was quickly canceled. But the virtual launch of the new site took place as scheduled.

Weekly News Digests
Ingram Expands OASIS Library Platform Through EBL Collaboration
Ingram Content Group, Inc., and EBL-Ebook Library, an ebook aggregator serving academic, corporate, and research libraries worldwide, announced an agreement that will allow libraries to search and purchase EBL ebook content on the Ingram OASIS content platform for academic libraries worldwide.
Expanded Public Access to Federally Funded Research—A Call to Action
The Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and Association of Research Libraries (ARL) released a statement by David E. Shulenburger calling on the research university community to provide input to the U.S. government for increasing access to the results of federally funded research. In February, John P. Holdren, director of the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy, issued a memorandum directing federal research funding agencies with R&D budgets of $100 million or more to develop a plan within 6 months to support increased public access to the results of research funded by the federal government.
World Scientific Publishing Signs Ebook Agreement With YBP Library Services
STM publisher World Scientific Publishing announced that it has signed a new agreement with YBP Library Services, the academic division of Baker & Taylor. Customers will be able to access the publisher's 2012-2013 Front List Full Collection of ebooks that will be available for purchase from World Scientific Publishing through GOBI3 (Global Online Bibliographic Information), YBP's acquisition and collection management interface. Currently, more than 300 ebook titles have been added, with plans to expand and grow the business partnership.

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."

How to Fix Facebook's Fake News Problem

How to Fix Facebook's Fake News Problem (4:16)

The Accidental Data Scientist author Amy Affelt discusses leading technology experts' recommended remedies for fixing Facebook's fake news problem in this clip from Computers in Libraries 2018.

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.

ITI News

The Information Advisor's Guide to Internet Research

Edited by Robert Berkman, The Information Advisor’s Guide to Internet Research explores, evaluates, and provides critical analysis of free and fee-based information resources, web-based services, and search strategies to help you maximize your time and keep you up-to-date on the internet's role in research.

IAG

In addition to at least one feature by business specialist Berkman, each issue of The Information Advisor’s Guide to Internet Research includes an in-depth article by Ran Hock, author of The Extreme Searcher book series and well-known seminar speaker, who checks out a major web resource.

Four regular columns are rotated; two appear each issue and give readers suggestions for cool internet tools to check out (Brian Smith McCallum, M.L.S., public and academic librarian); sites to turn to for more scholarly research needs (Briana McGuckin, reference and instructional librarian); sites to go to that provide information for the common good (Susan Fingerman, retired librarian instructor, STEM); and sites that give you “big data” facts and figures on a range of topics (Jackie Shane, former reference librarian).

Download your free copy of the June 2018 issue now!


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Computers in Libraries magazine has posted its 2019 editorial calendar and has issued a call for article proposals at infotoday.com/cilmag/contrib.shtml#themes.


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