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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Drexel University’s nationally-ranked online Master of Science in Library & Information Science offers students transformative insight into the future of librarianship. MSLIS students are able to cater coursework to their interests and career direction, and can choose from six optional concentrations: Archival Studies, Competitive Intelligence & Knowledge Management, Digital Curation, Digital Libraries, Library & Information Services, and Youth Services.

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NewsBreaks
Sunshine Week 2015: Open Government Is Good Government
by Barbie E. Keiser
The 10th annual Sunshine Week, a celebration of the public's right to see U.S. government records, was held March 15-21. The initiative--which encompassed the March 16 birthday of James Madison, who is known as the "father of the Bill of Rights"--featured events sponsored by individuals and groups that are interested in the public's right to know about its government. Related legislative action occurred on both national and local fronts as well. Here's a roundup of some of the highlights (and lowlights) from around the country.

Weekly News Digests
Digitalback Books Promotes African Literature
Digitalback Books, a new ebook subscription platform for African literature, rolled out a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. It offers unlimited access to a collection of more than 100 mostly indie titles about Africa or by African writers and writers of African origin.
WorldCat Discovery Services Lands LexisNexis Academic
The LexisNexis Academic database will be accessible via WorldCat Discovery Services for mutual subscribers. OCLC and LexisNexis Legal & Professional are working to complete the integration for later in 2015.
3M Library Systems’ Staff Workstation Integrates With SirsiDynix Symphony
3M Library Systems completed a full integration between the SirsiDynix Symphony ILS and the 3M RFID Staff Workstation. After starting with a partial integration, the final products have all 21 program features that give library users a more seamless and streamlined user experience.
Cogent OA Redefines APC Strategy
Open access (OA) publisher Cogent OA introduced the Freedom APC (article processing charge) initiative. This experimental model lets authors choose the prices of their own APCs.
GPO to Launch Webinar Series in April
The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) is offering a series of free, hour-long webinars in April that will be presented via its FDLP (Federal Depository Library Program) Academy by representatives from the GPO, other federal government agencies, and FDLP libraries across the country.

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.
Download Our March Editorial Sampler
Want to review some articles from our library publications? Download the free March content sampler (PDF) of recent articles and an exclusive subscription offer.

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