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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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NewsBreaks
Koha's Creator Talks Focusing on Community and Privacy
by Justin Hoenke
One of the big reasons I decided to move to Crawford County, Pa., in 2015 to run the Benson Memorial Library was because the Crawford County Federated Library System uses Koha as its ILS. At that point in my career, I had been through so many proprietary ILSs and changes that I wanted to experience something new. Koha was that something new.

Weekly News Digests
ALA Asks Senate to Maintain Federal Funding for Libraries
The American Library Association (ALA) sent a letter to the senators who have not yet pledged their support for continued federal funding for Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) programs.
Google Invests in VR Initiatives
Google acquired Owlchemy Labs, which creates virtual reality (VR) games and experiences.
DPLA Explores the Age of American Imperialism
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) rolled out a new exhibition, titled American Empire, which covers the time period between the Spanish-American War and the mid-20th century.
OCLC and the Wikipedia Library Improve Citation Linking
OCLC joined forces with the Wikimedia Foundation's Wikipedia Library to help editors link citations in Wikipedia to millions of library materials showcased in WorldCat.
ITUC Looks at Global Employment
The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) released the results of its annual poll, which shows that "73 percent of people are worried about losing their jobs and 80 percent say the minimum wage is not enough to live on. ..."

NewsLink Spotlight
Turning Students Into Readers With the LightSail Literacy Platform
by Brandi Scardilli
Even if we liked reading as a kid, we all have memories of slogging through at least one assignment that just wasn't speaking to us. (CliffsNotes is popular for a reason.) The LightSail literacy platform for grades K-12 aims to make all books entertaining and educational by capitalizing on the gamification of learning and making it easy for students to find their next curriculum-approved read.

Natural Language Processing

How Natural-Language Processing Will Drive Next-Generation Search (4:09)

Bloomberg BNA Librarian Analyst Laura Gordon-Murnane discusses the emerging role of NLP in search in this clip from her presentation at Computers in Libraries 2018.

ITI Blogs

If you regularly read blogs, add these to your reader:

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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