Cochrane’s New Look
by Marydee Ojala
At this year's Medical Libraries Association (MLA) annual conference, held May 3-7, 2013, in Boston, several sessions centered on new and forthcoming developments with The Cochrane Collaboration. Cochrane, established 20 years ago and named after British epidemiologist Archie Cochrane, is in the forefront of evidence-based medicine. The Cochrane Library consists of databases that cover systematic reviews, abstracts of reviews of effects, a central register of controlled trials, a methodology register, health technology assessment, and economic evaluation. It can be searched as part of the Wiley Online Library and on EBSCOhost.
Coursera Announces Pilot Program With Publishers
Coursera, a massive open online course (MOOC) provider, announced a pilot program with several of the top higher education publishers to expand the availability of their high-quality content and resources, to be facilitated by Chegg, the student hub where students can access the tools and materials they need to succeed. Publishers Cengage Learning, Macmillan Higher Education, Oxford University Press, SAGE, and Wiley will experiment with specific offerings for Coursera students, including versions of etextbooks delivered via Chegg's DRM-protected e-reader at no cost to students for the duration of the course. Coursera is also actively discussing pilot agreements and related alliances with Springer Science+Business Media and additional publishers.
EBSCO Introduces Civil War Primary Source Documents
EBSCO introduced Civil War Primary Source Documents, a comprehensive digital collection of primary source materials chronicling aspects of the American Civil War. Drawn from the holdings of the New-York Historical Society, the collection captures various accounts of the Civil War as it was experienced on land and sea.
New dtSearch Covers More Data Types
dtSearch Corp., a supplier of enterprise and developer text retrieval software along with document filters, announces Version 7.72 of its product line. The new version expands dtSearch's proprietary document filters built into its text retrieval products. For customers in need of data parsing, conversion, and extraction only, the dtSearch Engine (with APIs in native 64-bit/32-bit, Win/Linux C++, Java, and .NET through current versions) also provides the document filters for separate OEM licensing.
Useful Browser Extensions
by Paula J. Hane
Over the years, I've migrated from one web browser to another as needs and changing technology dictated. For me, that's included Netscape Navigator, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and my latest browser of choice, Google Chrome. Once I adopted Chrome—on both my PC and my Android phone—I began to encounter all manner of browser extensions that have offered me enhanced functionality. I'd like to share some of these treasures that have improved the browser experience for me. There are similar extensions for Firefox and other browsers, but I'll focus on those I use on Chrome.
Buying and Selling Information
A Guide for Information Professionals and Salespeople to Build Mutual Success
by Michael L. Gruenberg
Both sides of the negotiating table are represented in this practical and much-needed guide by Michael Gruenberg, a veteran of the electronic information field. With over 30 years selling information to a wide variety of libraries, Gruenberg's time-tested tips, techniques, and strategies will be welcomed by both information professionals and sales professionals
2014/232 pp softbound | ISBN 978-1-57387-478-6 | Regular Price: $49.50 | Pre-Order Price: $29.70
March 2–4, SPARC 2014 Open Access Meeting
Place: Kansas City, Mo.
Sponsor/Organizer: Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
March 4–7, iConference 2014: Breaking Down Walls: Culture, Context, Computing
Sponsor/Organizer: iSchools Organization
March 5, ALPSP Training Course: Developing Open Access and Hybrid Journals
Sponsor/Organizer: Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)
March 5–6, Library Publishing Forum 2014
Place: Kansas City, Mo.
Sponsor/Organizer: Library Publishing Coalition
March 11–13, SMX West (Search Marketing Expo)
Place: San Jose, Calif.
Sponsor/Organizer: Third Door Media
March 11–15, PLA 2014 Conference
Sponsor/Organizer: Public Library Association (PLA)
March 13–16, Leipzig Book Fair
Place: Leipzig, Germany
Sponsor/Organizer: Leipziger Messe
March 18–20, The Fourth International Conference on Digital Information Processing and Communications (ICDIPC2014)
Place: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sponsor/Organizer: Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (SDIWC)
March 18–20, ILLiad International Conference
Place: Virginia Beach, Va.
Sponsor/Organizer: Atlas Systems, Inc.
March 19–20, The Seventh Annual Library Technology Conference
Place: St. Paul, Minn.
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing Committee
March 21–24, Paris Book Fair
Sponsor/Organizer: Reed Expositions France
March 22–24, The 4th International Conference on Information Systems and Technologies (ICIST 2014)
Place: Valencia, Spain
Sponsor/Organizer: International Journal of Information Systems and Technologies (IJIST)
March 25–26, SMX Munich (Search Marketing Expo)
Sponsor/Organizer: Rising Media, Third Door Media
March 26–28, Research Data Access and Preservation Summit 2014 (RDAP14)
Place: San Diego
Sponsor/Organizer: Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)
March 27–28, The 2nd International Conference on Information Technology and Science (ICITS 2014)
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing Committee
March 28–April 7, The 12th Bangkok International Book Fair 2014
Sponsor/Organizer: Publishers and Booksellers Association of Thailand (PUBAT)
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