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Thursday, June 20, 2013



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NewsBreaks
Co-Sponsor a Congressional Bill and Track Its Progress
by Barbie E. Keiser
On June 4, 2013, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) blogged that Cosponsor.gov is "a sweeping expansion of our Citizen Cosponsor Project. The new website will now feature every bill and resolution introduced in the House, from Republicans and Democrats. I'm excited that any engaged citizen can voice their support, and track the status of legislation in the House."

Weekly News Digests
EBSCO Discovery Service Adds Al Manhal Metadata
EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) added Arabic content service provider Al Manhal's ebooks, ejournals, e-reports, and e-dissertations databases to its collection. Al Manhal's databases contain peer-reviewed and copyright-protected publications from 205 Arabic publishers for use by academics, researchers, and library patrons.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation Objects to W3C HTML5 Standards
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) proposed new HTML5 standards from its HTML working group, which drafted a report advocating digital rights management (DRM) on the open web. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a nonprofit organization that defends the issues of free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights, replied to the proposal on its website, condemning the working group's use of DRM as a way to prevent internet users from accessing important content.
Thomson Innovation Acquires Full-Text Australian Patent Records
Thomson Innovation, the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, now includes the full text of patents from Australia: innovation (petty) and granted patents and applications. This addition gives intellectual property (IP) professionals a new avenue for finding partners and monitoring innovation.

NewsLink Spotlight
Top Mobile Apps for Productivity
by Paula J. Hane
In last month's Spotlight article, I highlighted some browser extensions that I find to be very useful. The article has proven popular with readers, and I've even benefitted from readers' suggestions. So, now I'd like to cover some of the mobile apps that I've found to be the most helpful. I have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone running Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), and the apps I'm including here are available for Android devices (at the Google Play Store), and some are also available for Apple iOS at the Apple iTunes store. I trust you will find these to be handy and serve as a starting point to look for others. (If you have others in your toolkit that you'd like to share, let me know.)

How to Help Researchers Find ...

How to Help Researchers Find Reliable Sources and Avoid Fake News (5:37)

California State University-Northridge librarian Doris Helfer discusses a rubric she and her colleagues created to identify credible research sources and help their patrons steer clear of fake news 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.


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