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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Computers in Libraries March 28-30 2017
Now celebrating 32 years of success, Computers in Libraries is North America's largest technology conference and exhibition for librarians and information managers. With an emphasis on building creative spaces, engaging audiences, advocating for learning, and more, the conference program is filled with expert speakers, hands-on workshops, and targeted tracks that cover all the bases.

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NewsBreaks
Attendees Confront 'The Big Pivot' at NFAIS Conference
by Dave Shumaker
From the opening keynote to the closing luncheon, the NFAIS (National Federation of Advanced Information Services) 2017 Annual Conference explored the theme The Big Pivot: Re-engineering Scholarly Communication. Beginning Feb. 26 and continuing through Feb. 28, more than 150 attendees, representing an eclectic mix of for-profit and nonprofit corporations, government agencies, and academic institutions, were treated to a variety of perspectives on the disruptive changes underway in methods of creating, distributing, using, and preserving research and scholarship in fields as diverse as biomedicine and languages and literatures.

Weekly News Digests
ALA and Cox Communications Spread Digital Literacy
The American Library Association (ALA) and Cox Communications joined forces to help students from low-income families access digital literacy training and resources at their local library and at DigitalLearn.org.
edX Adds More MicroMasters Programs
edX introduced 16 new MicroMasters programs in fields such as business analytics, digital product management, cybersecurity, and data science.
Cambridge University Press Celebrates International Women's Day
Cambridge University Press is making some of its feminist theory and women's history content free on International Women's Day (March 8, 2017). Chapters from 100-plus books will be available online.
FOIA Request System at the FBI Goes Automated
According to TechCrunch, the changes to the FBI's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request system have taken effect, replacing the standard email system with an online portal.
ARL Keeps Tabs on Library Statements Affirming 'Core Beliefs'
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) compiled a list of statements by and posted signs from its member libraries that express their commitment to foundational values of the library profession, including diversity, inclusion, access to information, privacy, and social justice.

NewsLink Spotlight
Alexander Street Strikes a Chord With Open Music Library
by Brandi Scardilli
As part of Alexander Street's Open Music Library (OML) initiative, music scholars, students, teachers, and librarians can work toward building what could become the world's most comprehensive open network of digital resources for studying music--including peer-reviewed journal articles, books, music scores, and audio and video recordings.

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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