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NewsBreaks
What’s Trending in Ebooks
by Barbara Brynko
While statistics don't lie, the actual state of the ebook industry depends on which facts and figures you view. When the Association of American Publishers (AAP) released its StatShot report for the first 4 months of 2013, the results showed ebooks were on the decline. But wait: Although the total ebook market dropped by 6% during that time frame (from $2.13 billion to $2 billion), not all categories were in the red.

Weekly News Digests
W3C Launches Website Validation Service
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)'s Validator Suite ended its beta phase and is now ready for action. This premium service checks websites' public pages against W3C standards to ensure website quality. Users can then access customizable reports to track and prioritize any issues that arise.
Project MUSE Boosts Search Functionality
Project MUSE customers can now use the new Advanced Search function to conduct searches from any page of the digital content provider's site. With this enhancement, users can search MUSE books and journals instantly using a host of new parameters. Project MUSE reevaluated its search tools based on customer feedback; users can now define searches by research area, journal title, language, or publication date.
CCC Steps Up Its OA Efforts
Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) joined the U.K.'s Gold Open Access Infrastructure program as the next step in its ongoing efforts to improve open access (OA) standards. Gold Open Access Infrastructure is an offshoot of the Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings, which produced a list of principles to aid the U.K. in embracing OA practices.

NewsLink Spotlight
Top Back-to-School Apps
by Donovan Griffin
Many educators believe that classroom time and cellphone time are two independent entities and never the twain shall meet. They're right in thinking that the most commonly used apps among students (we're looking at you Facebook, Instagram, and Reddit) can be distracting in a classroom. But let's not be too hasty. Here are a few digital tools that might change the landscape for getting organized, whether you're in school or in the office.

ILI 2017

INTERNET LIBRARIAN INTERNATIONAL

THE LIBRARY INNOVATION CONFERENCE

 October 17 & 18, London

ILI's Programme Director, Val Skelton, celebrates librarian superpowers. 
Librarians are leaders in tech, organizational influencers, expert marketers (often working with a zero budget), change managers, skilled data crunchers and expert internet searchers--and so much more. ILI's conference programme celebrates the incredible range of roles, skills, and initiatives librarians are carrying out every day. Over two days this October, six conference tracks highlight the importance of the internet librarian's role.

THE NEW LIBRARY, THE NEW LIBRARIAN – exploring some of the strategies, structures, teams, skills, services and collaborations librarians are using to ensure they stay at the cutting edge.

USERS, UX, AND USAGE – understanding how libraries are working with users to redesign services, spaces, and to understand usage.

CONTENT CREATIVITY – investigating how libraries are creating, curating, and marketing digital collections, how librarians are publishers in their own right, and how they are driving collaborative content creation.

FIGHT THE FAKE, FIND THE FACTS – celebrating two of the librarian's super powers--advanced search techniques and nurturing information integrity--in a post-truth/multi-truth era.

MARKETING THE LIBRARY – sharing stories of librarians who are influencing use and expanding audiences for their services and collections from the DJ librarian to the digital storyteller.

NEW SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATIONS – exploring why the scholarly communications landscape is changing, and what this means for libraries and information professionals.

In addition to a series of one-hour workshops - ILI Extra - covering a wide range of specialised skills and topics, from tech topics to personal development, ILI also hosts two one-day pre-conference workshops:

Websearch Academy 2017 explores the intricacies of research on the web. Our global expert speakers look at advanced search, evaluation of search engines, apps relevant to serious research, social media search, and analysis of search results.

Marketing Your Library Service: Principles and Actions--In libraries we spend so much time curating our content and services that sometimes we don’t put enough focus on telling people about what we do. We do so much, but how do we ensure people hear about what we offer and understand what we do?

ILI 2017 GIF

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 infotoday.eu – 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, 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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