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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

 Internet Librarian 2018 October 16-18 Monterey, CA

Internet Librarian 2018 features five simultaneous tracks over three days, at the most comprehensive conference for library and information professionals. Learn everything from tips and strategies to deal with information overload to an in-depth look at blockchain technologies, and everything in between.

Join us as we hear from extraordinary librarians and their communities, look at new community models, and learn about exciting products and services they are creating.

Register now to reserve your spot!

The Front Lines of the Battle Against Fake News
by Dave Shumaker
In the past 2 years, fake news--with its grown-up synonyms, misinformation and disinformation--has emerged as one of the most critical issues confronting not only the information professions, but democratic society as a whole. It's the topic of conversation and pontification ad nauseam, so it may seem as if misinformation has become something that everybody talks about but nobody does anything about. MisinfoCon DC, held Aug. 6-7 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., however, provided ample evidence to the contrary.

Weekly News Digests
The Shifting Opinions on Blue-Light Screens
Rachel Becker writes on The Verge, "If you believe the headlines that have been circulating over the past few weeks, staring at screens is ruining our eyes. 'Blue light from phones, tablets could accelerate blindness and hurt vision, study finds,' USA Today declared. Only, that particular study didn't actually test the blue light that comes out of screens--and it didn't look at the light's effects on actual eyeballs."
SAGE Purchases Talis
SAGE acquired Talis, a tech company that offers Talis Aspire, an enterprise teaching and learning platform and resource list management system (RLMS). It helps academic librarians connect faculty members and students with library resources and make efficient purchasing decisions.
Thieme Creates Discovery Tool for Chemistry Researchers
Thieme launched SynOne, a discovery tool for synthetic chemistry methods. Scientific researchers can search for and browse selected publications from the Thieme Chemistry portfolio.
'How Unpaywall Is Transforming Open Science' by Holly Else
In an article in Nature, Holly Else notes that "firms that run established scientific search engines are starting to take advantage of Unpaywall."
Library of Congress Free Browser Extension Is in Beta
Flynn Shannon, a junior fellow in the Library of Congress' (LC) Office of Communications, writes in a guest post about creating a Chrome extension for free-to-use images from the LC.

NewsLink Spotlight
Teaching Emerging Tech at NCSU Libraries
by Brandi Scardilli
Imagine that you notice a need for technical skills training at your university. You think that students, faculty members, and staffers should know how to interact with tools such as 3D printers and virtual reality, as well as understand topics such as data science and visualization, if they're going to be able to compete in our digital world. If this sounds familiar, check out what North Carolina State University Libraries (NCSU) is doing: It runs a program called Emerging Digital Information Skills Workshops to provide training on campus.

How to Fix Facebook's Fake News Problem

How to Fix Facebook's Fake News Problem (4:16)

The Accidental Data Scientist author Amy Affelt discusses leading technology experts' recommended remedies for fixing Facebook's fake news problem in this clip from 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.

ITI News

The Information Advisor's Guide to Internet Research

Edited by Robert Berkman, The Information Advisor’s Guide to Internet Research explores, evaluates, and provides critical analysis of free and fee-based information resources, web-based services, and search strategies to help you maximize your time and keep you up-to-date on the internet's role in research.


In addition to at least one feature by business specialist Berkman, each issue of The Information Advisor’s Guide to Internet Research includes an in-depth article by Ran Hock, author of The Extreme Searcher book series and well-known seminar speaker, who checks out a major web resource.

Four regular columns are rotated; two appear each issue and give readers suggestions for cool internet tools to check out (Brian Smith McCallum, M.L.S., public and academic librarian); sites to turn to for more scholarly research needs (Briana McGuckin, reference and instructional librarian); sites to go to that provide information for the common good (Susan Fingerman, retired librarian instructor, STEM); and sites that give you “big data” facts and figures on a range of topics (Jackie Shane, former reference librarian).

Download your free copy of the June 2018 issue now!

CIL Cover

Computers in Libraries magazine has posted its 2019 editorial calendar and has issued a call for article proposals at infotoday.com/cilmag/contrib.shtml#themes.

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