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Monday, April 29, 2013

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NewsBreaks
Survey on U.S. Faculty Use of Scholarly Resources—and the Academic Library
by Barbie E. Keiser
The Ithaka S+R U.S. Faculty Survey is designed to get an accurate picture of faculty members' practices, attitudes, and needs with respect to research and teaching materials: How do they discover, access, and use journal articles, research reports, conference proceedings, and the like? Results published on April 4, 2013, provide "libraries, learned societies, and academic publishers with insight into the evolving attitudes and practices of faculty members in the context of substantial environmental change for higher education."

Weekly News Digests
OverDrive and III Announce Plans for Deep API Integration
OverDrive and Innovative Interfaces, Inc. (III) agreed on plans for deep API integration of OverDrive services into III products, including Sierra and Encore Discovery Services Platform. Building on the success of the first round of OverDrive APIs, the coming API updates will include the ability to check out and place a hold on ebooks from a library's online catalog.
collectionHQ Expands Collection Development Tools to Ebook Titles
Baker & Taylor's collectionHQ, a collection performance improvement solution that helps libraries better manage their collections, announced that many of its popular, evidence-based tools available for print and A/V titles are now available for ebooks as well. The addition of these tools, called the ebook module, means that for the first time, librarians can easily access data that compare ebook and print holdings. The ebook capabilities are included in the cost of a collectionHQ subscription.
FirstRain Releases Expanded Set of Analytics Actions for Salesforce.com
FirstRain, a provider of advanced customer intelligence analytics for the enterprise, announced the release of a new set of capabilities to seamlessly raise the efficiency and productivity of the enterprise sales workflow within the salesforce.com CRM platform. Using these unique analytics-based actions, sales professionals can instantly convert useful customer analytics into the activities that increase team collaboration, improve alignment with customer strategies, and drive revenue.

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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Email: bscardilli@infotoday.com