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Thursday, May 09, 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
Amazon Finally Begins Work to Make Kindles ADA-Compliant
by Nancy K. Herther
On May 1, 2013, ebook giant Amazon announced new accessibility features for the Kindle reading app, "making it easier than ever for blind and visually impaired customers to navigate their Kindle libraries, read and interact with their books, and more." Amazon expects to have these features added to "additional platforms in the future"; however, it gave no specific dates. Amazon has been under increasing pressure from ADA-requirements (the Americans with Disabilities Act) as well as blind rights advocates to improve its products for the vision impaired. The new release has been hailed as a step forward, but it has also been criticized for lacking major accessibility elements.

Weekly News Digests
Baker & Taylor Releases New App for Axis 360
Baker & Taylor released a new, free application for tablets and smartphones called axisReader, which allows patrons of libraries with the Axis 360 digital media platform to seamlessly discover, checkout, and read ebooks in EPUB and PDF formats on their mobile devices. The axisReader will be available alongside the existing Blio ereader, which provides a fully accessible e-reading experience to Axis 360 users.
BioOne Online Journals Now Searchable Via EBSCO Discovery Service
BioOne Online Journals are now searchable via EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) from EBSCO Publishing. EBSCO Discovery Service users are able to search more than 100,000 scholarly articles from bioscience research journals in the Base Index of EBSCO Discovery Service. The addition of this valuable resource adds to the rapidly growing STM content available to EDS users.
Credo Titles Now Available Through GOBI3
In an effort to simplify the process of enhancing library collections with authoritative reference content from world-renowned publishers, Credo, a provider of information skills solutions—in partnership with YBP Library Services (YBP), the academic division of Baker & Taylor—made its titles available for purchase through GOBI3, YBP's acquisition and collection management database. Libraries now have the ability to select Credo as their preferred vendor for reference material as part of their eApproval Plans.

NewsLink Spotlight
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.

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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