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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."

Bookshelf
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Global Mobile
Applications and Innovations for the Worldwide Mobile Ecosystem
Edited by Peter A. Bruck and Madanmohan Rao

Editors Bruck and Rao bring together an international cast of thought leaders and practitioners. Thirty-one chapters examine the foundations of the worldwide mobile ecosystem and present an array of case studies and perspectives on how mobile is transforming human enterprise—from business and healthcare to education, employment, entertainment, government, and the media.

With its practical coverage of the most influential technology of our lifetime, Global Mobile is a vital reference for business leaders, entrepreneurs, communications specialists, activists, journalists, researchers, educators, technologists, and public policymakers.

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Regular Price: $49.50 | Web Order Price: $44.55
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Conference Connection

CONFERENCE CALENDAR 

Sept. 3–4, The 16th European Conference on Knowledge Management (ECKM 2015)
Place: Udine, Italy
Sponsor/Organizer: Academic Conferences and Publishing International
URL: academic-conferences.org/eckm/eckm2015/eckm15-home.htm

Sept. 9–11, The 9th Metadata and Semantics Research Conference (MTSR 2015)
Place: Manchester, U.K.
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: mtsr-conf.org

Sept. 9–11, ALPSP Conference 2015
Place: London
Sponsor/Organizer: ALPSP (Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers)
URL: alpspconference.org

Sept. 10–12, The International Conference on Database, Data Warehouse, Data Mining and Big Data (DDDMBD2015)
Place: Banten, Indonesia
Sponsor/Organizer: Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (SDIWC)
URL: sdiwc.net/conferences/dddmbd2015

Sept. 14–17, The 11th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI'15)
Place: Bayonne/Biarritz, France
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: aiai2015.sigappfr.org

Sept. 14–18, The 19th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL 2015)
Place: Poznan, Poland
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: tpdl2015.info

Sept. 15–17, The 7th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing (COASP)
Place: Amsterdam
Sponsor/Organizer: Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA)
URL: oaspa.org/conference

Sept. 16–17, SEMANTiCS 2015
Place: Vienna
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: semantics.cc

Sept. 17–18, Web Search University 2015
Place: Arlington, Va.
Sponsor/Organizer: 
Information Today, Inc.
URL: websearchu.com/2015

Sept. 23, NISO Virtual Conference: Scholarly Communication Models: Evolution or Revolution?
Place: Online only
Sponsor/Organizer: NISO (National Information Standards Organization)
URL: niso.org/news/events/2015/virtual_conferences/scholarly_models

... View our complete conference calendar here.

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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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