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NewsBreaks
PRISM and the First Amendment: A Critical Issue
by Nancy K. Herther
On June 5, 2013, The Washington Post and Britain's The Guardian newspapers began publishing articles that unraveled an Orwellian governmental surveillance program of unrivaled size that allows the U.S. government access to internet-based data and information on Americans and other citizens worldwide. In the nearly 6 weeks since this disclosure, we are not much closer to understanding this secret program and its legitimacy in a democratic society. Instead, public discussions have been waylaid by daily coverage of the fate of Edward Snowden, the source of the PRISM leaks.
Apple Ebook Dealings Violated Antitrust Law
by George H. Pike
A federal court in New York has found Apple guilty of violating federal antitrust laws, stating that the company "played a central role in facilitating and executing a conspiracy" to raise ebook prices. Judge Denise Cote found that Apple conspired with a group of five major trade publishers—Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Macmillan, Penguin Group, and Simon & Schuster—to break Amazon's then-dominant $9.99 pricing model by collectively agreeing to set higher retail prices using an "agency" pricing model in which the publisher, rather than the retailer, sets the retail price.

Weekly News Digests
Vital Source Debuts Building Block for Blackboard Learn
Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Content Group's etextbook solution, launched the Building Block etextbook platform, which integrates its VitalSource Bookshelf with Blackboard Learn, Blackboard's learning management system. The new platform, called VitalSource Building Block for Blackboard Learn, allows for a single login to both Blackboard and VitalSource Bookshelf and use on Blackboard Learn's mobile app for Apple, Android, and Kindle Fire devices.
Springer Renews Its Commitment to Open Access
Springer Science+Business Media announced that the influence of its open access (OA) journals has increased over the past year. In Thomson Reuters' new edition of Journal Citation Reports for 2012, which calculates a journal's impact factor in the industry based on its articles' cited references, 46 Springer journals received an impact factor for the first time, meaning that their citation data improved over the year.
LexisNexis Improves Digital Library Functionality
LexisNexis Legal & Professional, part of Reed Elsevier, enhanced its Digital Library elending solution with new features and functionality. The LexisNexis Digital Library is partnered with OverDrive to offer electronic titles in a bookshelf-style interface across a variety of devices.

NewsLink Spotlight
Going Social: Top Apps for Best Recommended Reads
by Brandi Scardilli
When it's time to trade office paperwork for some good reads on vacation, there is certainly an app for that. In fact, there are quite a few of them, and the apps listed here are all free, whether you opt to find a title to enjoy on your own or want to join a reading community to share your thoughts about your favorite best-seller with a virtual book club.

Webpage Archiving Tools for Librarians video clip

Webpage Archiving Tools for Librarians (4:00)

INFOdocket co-founder Gary Price discusses the Wayback Machine and the features, limitations, and usability of a range of webpage archiving tools of interest to librarians in this clip from Computers in Libraries & Internet Librarian 2020.

Bookshelf
Online Teaching in K-12 Online Teaching in K-12: Models, Methods, and Best Practices for Teachers and Administrators
Edited by Sarah Bryans-Bongey and Kevin J. Graziano;
Foreword by Norman Vaughan

Online Teaching in K–12 is the essential hands-on reference and textbook for education professionals seeking success in the planning, design, and teaching of K–12 online courses and programs.

2016 | 352pp hardbound | ISBN 978-1-57387-527-1 |
Regular Price $65.00 | 
Web Order Price: $58.50

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