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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

 

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NewsBreaks
New Open Government Tool for Municipalities
by Barbie E. Keiser
Transparency in local government just became easier thanks to RecordTrac, a web-based application designed to help cities more efficiently manage, respond to, and track incoming requests for public records. For the public, the Code for America tool provides an easy way to request public records and track progress made on each request. The system also allows the public to search previous public record requests and access previously produced records.

Weekly News Digests
EBSCO Introduces 15 New Ebook Subject Sets
EBSCO eBooks and Audiobooks created 15 new subject set packages for libraries. These sets of titles from leading publishers are designed to simplify collection development by helping librarians start or enhance their ebook programs with subject-specific ebooks. The new subject sets are available in addition to collections of frontlist titles from EBSCO's collection development team.
ByWater Solutions Integrates OverDrive and Koha
ByWater Solutions recently launched a cooperative effort to integrate OverDrive search with the Koha open source ILS. Eight of ByWater Solutions' library partners will work with the open source support community on the project, which uses OverDrive Integration Development to integrate search results from a library's OverDrive ebook collection directly into its online catalog's search results.
Scirus Says Goodbye
The Scirus search engine, owned by Elsevier, posted the following message on its homepage: "Scirus is set to retire in early 2014. An official retirement date will be posted here as soon as it is determined. To ensure a smooth transition, we are informing you now so that you have sufficient time to find an alternative search solution for science-specific content."

NewsLink Spotlight
Who’s Who in Ebooks
by Brandi Scardilli
Just as books don't magically appear on library shelves, ebooks don't automatically pop up in a library's online catalog. Librarians work with ebook vendors to get econtent into the hands, or rather, onto the e-readers, of their patrons. With the many e-lending options now on the market, here are five of the big ones with a few of their major features for cross comparison.

Bookshelf
More Library Mashups
 
 
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More Library Mashups
Exploring New Ways to Deliver Library Data
Edited by Nicole C. Engard

Nicole Engard follows up her highly-regarded 2009 book with a fresh collection of mashup projects that virtually any library can emulate, customize, and build upon. In More Library Mashups, Engard and 24 creative library professionals describe how they are mashing up free and inexpensive digital tools and techniques to improve library services and meet everyday (and unexpected) challenges.

Examples from libraries of all types are designed to help even non-programmers share and add value to digital content.

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Conference Connection

CONFERENCE CALENDAR 

Aug. 6–7, Creative Librarian 2.0: Connect, Collaborate and Share Knowledge Using Social Media Platform
Place: New Delhi
Sponsor/Organizer: TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute)
URL: teriin.org/index.php?option=com_events&view=details&sid=800&Itemid=110

Aug. 9–13, The 38th Annual ACM SIGIR Conference
Place: Santiago, Chile
Sponsor/Organizer: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (SIGIR)
URL: sigir2015.org

Aug. 12–14, The Fifth International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference
Place: Vancouver, British Columbia
Sponsor/Organizer: Public Knowledge Project (PKP)
URL: pkp.sfu.ca/5th-international-pkp-scholarly-publishing-conference-scholarship-technology-and-community

Aug. 13–15, The 16th IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration
Place: San Francisco
Sponsor/Organizer: IEEE Computer Society
URL: ieee-iri.org

Aug. 15–21, The 81st IFLA General Conference and Assembly
Place: Cape Town, South Africa
Sponsor/Organizer: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
URL: conference.ifla.org/ifla81

Aug. 17–19, Customer Service Experience
Place: New York
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: custservexperience.com/2015

Aug. 17–19, CRM Evolution
Place: New York
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: destinationcrm.com/Conferences/2015

Aug. 17–19, SpeechTEK
Place: New York
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: speechtek.com/2015

Aug. 24–26, The International Conference on Open and Big Data (OBD 2015)
Place: Rome
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing Committee
URL: ficloud.org/obd2015

... View our complete conference calendar here.

ITI Blogs

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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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Email: bscardilli@infotoday.com