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Tuesday, July 16, 2013


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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.

How to Use Tor Browsing to Search the Deep Web

How to Use Tor Browsing to Search the Deep Web (2:10)

Evolve Project Director Brian Pichman discusses ways to search the deep web in this clip from his presentation at 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.

ITI News

The Information Advisor's Guide to Internet Research

Edited by Robert Berkman, The Information Advisor’s Guide to Internet Research explores, evaluates, and provides critical analysis of free and fee-based information resources, web-based services, and search strategies to help you maximize your time and keep you up-to-date on the internet's role in research.

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In addition to at least one feature by business specialist Berkman, each issue of The Information Advisor’s Guide to Internet Research includes an in-depth article by Ran Hock, author of The Extreme Searcher book series and well-known seminar speaker, who checks out a major web resource.

Four regular columns are rotated; two appear each issue and give readers suggestions for cool internet tools to check out (Brian Smith McCallum, M.L.S., public and academic librarian); sites to turn to for more scholarly research needs (Briana McGuckin, reference and instructional librarian); sites to go to that provide information for the common good (Susan Fingerman, retired librarian instructor, STEM); and sites that give you “big data” facts and figures on a range of topics (Jackie Shane, former reference librarian).

Download your free copy of the June 2018 issue now!


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