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NewsBreaks
Rakuten and OverDrive: Building a Major Global Ebook Platform
by Nancy K. Herther
On March 19, internet services company Rakuten, Inc. announced its acquisition of Cleveland-based OverDrive Holdings, Inc., operator of the OverDrive platform, "for a total consideration of $410 million in cash." According to OverDrive's press release, the company will continue to operate under current CEO Steve Potash as a subsidiary of Rakuten's U.S. unit.

Weekly News Digests
CLOCKSS and CHORUS Ensure Perpetual Access to Government-Funded Research
The CLOCKSS Archive and CHORUS (Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States) entered into an agreement that allows CHORUS' publisher members to have a special arrangement with CLOCKSS for permanent, perpetual public access to its archived publications (if public access is unavailable elsewhere).
W3C Will Provide MOOCs via edX
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) teamed up with edX to offer W3Cx, a series of massive open online courses (MOOCs) on core web technologies. The first MOOC, on HTML5 and web design fundamentals, will begin on June 1, 2015. Registration is now open.
Internet Archive and DPLA Form Partnership
The Internet Archive and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) joined forces for a joint program that will enhance collection sharing from the Internet Archive in the DPLA. The Internet Archive will work with libraries and content providers to make sure that their metadata will meet the DPLA's standards and requirements.
OverDrive Marketplace Now Allows Preorders
OverDrive introduced a preordering feature in its OverDrive Marketplace for all libraries, schools, and consortia. They can preorder ebooks and audiobooks 6 months in advance of the street date of public availability, and library users can place holds on titles for when they become available.
Society of Interventional Radiology Chooses Thieme as Publishing Partner
Thieme is now the publishing partner for the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR). The plan is to publish several books each year about topics in the interventional radiology field.

NewsLink Spotlight
University Libraries Offer an Alternative to Traditional Publishing
by Brandi Scardilli
Maybe you're a professor who has an idea for a journal you'd like to start at your university. Or maybe you're a graduate student looking to prove yourself by publishing your research. Or maybe you're a college librarian hoping to start a newsletter that will raise your library's visibility on campus. No matter the reason, you're writing something that needs to find an audience. Why not publish it at the library? As digital tools get easier to use, many institutions are starting their own publishing programs in an effort to offer more varied services to their communities.
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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.


This newsletter is published by Information Today, Inc.
Editor: Brandi Scardilli
Website: http://www.infotoday.com/NewsLink
Email: bscardilli@infotoday.com