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Thursday, April 25, 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
Simon & Schuster Joins ‘Big 6’ in Moving Ebooks Into Libraries
by Nancy K. Herther
On April 15, 2013, Simon & Schuster (S&S) became the last of the "Big Six" (now actually five with the merger of Random House and Penguin) publishers to dip their toes into the waters of ebook sales to libraries. The ebook publishing horizon is still very uncertain—from publishing through distribution—as companies work to test new business models in this rapidly changing arena; however, all of the major mass-market players are finally in the game. The recently announced S&S pilot deal involves only The New York Public Library, Queens Library, and Brooklyn Public Library, at least initially; but the trial offers some interesting twists and opportunities for libraries.

Weekly News Digests
Silobreaker Releases Mobile App for Silobreaker Premium
Silobreaker announced the release of its mobile app for subscribers of Silobreaker Premium, the online intelligence tool for cybersecurity, competitive intelligence, incident management, risk analysis, and government/military OSINT. With the app, subscribers get full access to their Silobreaker Premium setups, including features such as dashboards, watch lists, and document collections.
Thomson Reuters Offers New EndNote Basic—Aimed at Mendeley Users
The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters announced an enhanced version of its EndNote Basic online offering, with more features and functionality for users looking for a free alternative reference management tool. EndNote Basic includes storage for 2GB of attachments and 50,000 references, as well as the top 20-plus most frequently used styles.
New Data Mining and Analytics Tools for the HathiTrust Digital Library
The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) announced the availability of data mining and analytics tools for the HathiTrust Digital Library, a collection of digital texts from more than 70 research libraries worldwide. The new tools provide a much-needed entry point to large-scale analysis of HathiTrust's contents.

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!


CIL Cover

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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