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Monday, April 29, 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
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."

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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