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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Libraries: At the Epicenter of the Digital DisruptionAccording to new ProQuest-sponsored research conducted by Information Today, Inc., the library is going digital at an accelerating pace. In the wake of the downturn of 2009–2010, library budgets seem to have bounced back or are holding steady. However, any new revenues coming in are not going to revive print collections. The emphasis is now overwhelmingly digital, as libraries scramble to meet an ever-increasing demand for digital and online content.

The results of this new research have been segmented into three comparative spending reports by library type: the Academic Libraries Edition, the Public Libraries Edition, and the Special Libraries Edition. The reports are designed to provide deep insight into library budget trends and to help libraries benchmark their spending against their peer group. These three reports are all available now for just $159 each as a PDF download.

NewsBreaks
Tips for a Secure Cyber Monday
by Donovan Griffin
Marketing companies first encouraged people to shop on "Cyber Monday" in 2005. Since then, the first Monday after Thanksgiving has consistently been one of the busiest days of online shopping. According to a report by IBM, online sales from 2012's Cyber Monday increased 30% over sales from the previous year, and 13% of all sales were conducted by mobile devices. But the influx of customers and heavy technical demands on online retailers make the busiest day of online shopping coincide with the greatest instances of unnecessary processing queries, fraudulent transactions, and identity theft.

Weekly News Digests
EBSCO Introduces eBook History Collection
EBSCO Information Services released eBook History Collection as its newest ebook subscription package integrated with EBSCOhost. This collection of 9,000-plus titles is designed to help students and scholars with their world history research. Users can search collection titles individually or side-by-side with other EBSCOhost databases.
OA Program Starts at Palgrave Macmillan
Palgrave Macmillan published its first open access (OA) monograph, Fungal Disease in Britain and the United States 1850-2000, with funds from the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation that focuses on human and animal health. This first comprehensive history of fungal infections is freely available online as an ebook under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY) from Palgrave Macmillan's website and from other ebookstores such as Amazon.
Innography Boosts IP Solutions
Innography, a software provider of intellectual property (IP) solutions for businesses, rolled out new features to enhance IP analytics: more robust patent information, expanded search features, and the new mobile-friendly tool PatentScout. PatentScout offers IP professionals and businesses unlimited, web-based, private search access to global patent data.

NewsLink Spotlight
Anti-Malware Options in 2013
by Donovan Griffin
Viruses happen. So does being infected with spyware, scareware, rootkits, ransomware, keyloggers, and unintentionally being made part of a botnet. ... Luckily, there are solutions to almost any malware-related problem, provided you know what you're facing and what to download. In most cases, all it takes is a proper estimation of your situation and an internet connection (or, in the worst of scenarios, a flash drive and the use of another computer). With that in mind, here are the top anti-virus (AV) performers, sorted by their strengths and who they're useful for.

Is Bias Unavoidable

Is Bias Unavoidable in Enterprise Search? (2:07)

Synthexis President Sue Feldman discusses the preventability (or non-preventability) of bias in search in this clip from the security, privacy, and ethics panel at Enterprise Search & Discovery 2018.

 

Bookshelf
Find it Fast, 6th edition Find It Fast, 6th Edition
Extracting Expert Information from Social Networks, Big Data, Tweets, and More
by Robert Berkman

In Find It Fast, business research guru Robert Berkman gives expert advice on how to locate the best information sources, how to find and utilize the professionals behind those sources, and how to combine expert techniques to do fast and effective research on any subject.

You'll find practical guidance on such subjects as how to know if a site is a trusted source; understanding how and why sources differ; using precision search strategies and taming information overload; and finding, evaluating, and interviewing experts. Whether you are looking for consumer information, data for a job or project, facts for starting a new business, or an answer to an obscure question, Find It Fast will help you find it. Fast!

2015/336 pp softbound | ISBN 978-1-937290-04-7
Regular Price: $24.95 | Web Orders: $22.45

 
 
Conference Connection

CONFERENCE CALENDAR 

Dec. 6–9, The 10th Forum for Information Retrieval Evaluation (FIRE 2018)
Place: Bangalore, India
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: fire.irsi.res.in/fire/2018/home

Dec. 10–12, The 11th International Conference on Informatics and Systems (INFOS 2018)
Place: Cairo, Egypt
Sponsor/Organizer: Faculty of Computers and Information, Cairo University
URL: infos.cu.edu.eg/2018

Dec. 12, The Library of the Future: Inside & Out (NISO Virtual Conference)
Place: Online only
Sponsor/Organizer: National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
URL: niso.org/events/2018/12/library-future-inside-out

Dec. 17–19, 8th World Congress on Information and Communication Technologies (WICT'18)
Place: Kochi, India
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: mirlabs.org/wict18

Jan. 15–16, Academic Publishing in Europe (APE 2019)
Place: Berlin, Germany
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: ape2019.eu

Jan. 19–21, 2019 International Conference on Library and Information Science (LIS 2019)
Place: Sapporo, Japan
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: iconlis.org

Jan. 22–24, International BOBCATSSS Conference 2019
Place: Osijek, Croatia
Sponsor/Organizer: Osijek University, Croatia; Linnaeus University, Sweden; Uppsala University, Sweden; The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
URL: bobcatsss2019.ffos.hr/about.html

Jan. 25–29, 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits
Place: Seattle, Wa.
Sponsor/Organizer: American Library Association (ALA)
URL: ala.org/conferencesevents/midwinter-meeting

... View our complete conference calendar here.

ITI Blogs

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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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