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Pew Internet Project Issues New Report on Information Searching
The Pew Internet & American Life Project has just issued a new report titled, "Information searches that solve problems: How people use the internet, libraries, and government agencies when they need help" (www.pewinternet.org/pdfs/Pew_UI_LibrariesReport.pdf). In a national phone survey, respondents were asked whether they had encountered 10 possible problems in the previous 2 years, all of which had a potential connection to the government or government-provided information. Those who had dealt with the problems were asked where they went for help, and the internet topped the list:
- 58% of those who had recently experienced one of the 10 problems said they used the internet (at home, work, a public library, or some other place) to get help.
- 53% said they turned to professionals such as doctors, lawyers or financial experts.
- 45% said they sought out friends and family members for advice and help.
- 36% said they consulted newspapers and magazines.
- 34% said they directly contacted a government office or agency.
- 16% said they consulted television and radio.
- 13% said they went to the public library.
The report said that the survey results challenge the assumption that libraries are losing relevance in the internet age. Libraries drew visits by more than half of Americans (53%) in the past year for all kinds of purposes—not just the problems mentioned in this survey. And it was the young adults in tech-loving Generation Y (ages 18–30) who led the pack. Compared to their elders, Gen Y members were the most likely to use libraries for problem-solving information and, in general, patronage for any purpose.
This report is the fruit of a partnership of the University of Illinois – Urbana– Champaign and the Pew Internet & American Life Project. It was funded with a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (www.imls.gov), an agency that is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.
ource: Pew Internet & American Life Project
AAAS Reverses Its Decision on Science Pullout From JSTOR
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS; www.aaas.org) announced it has reversed its earlier decision to pull its flagship publication, Science, from JSTOR (www.jstor.org), the scholarly electronic journals archive. Officials issued this very brief statement: "AAAS and JSTOR are pleased to announce that we have concluded an ongoing discussion and have been able to reach an agreement to continue what has been a very productive relationship between JSTOR and the journal Science."
Last summer, JSTOR announced that AAAS was ending its relationship with JSTOR, effective Dec. 31, 2007 (www.jstor.org/about/aaas_announce.html). AAAS, in an announcement in Science (www.sciencemag.org/marketing/jstor_partnership.dtl), cited a concern to control its content in the context of a rapidly changing business environment. AAAS had been working with JSTOR since 1998. The news unleashed a storm of comments on blogs and library lists over the following months, with some commenting that this move was counter to AAAS’s non-profit mission. A number of library organizations, including the International Coalition of Library Consortia, issued statements criticizing the decision and urging AAAS to reconsider. Apparently the activism paid off.
Source: American Association for the Advancement of Science
ProQuest To Distribute New Corporate PressDisplay
ProQuest (www.proquest.com) will now distribute Corporate PressDisplay, a new specialized product from NewspaperDirect (www.newspaperdirect.com), which provides digital delivery of same-day newspapers and magazines from around the world. Corporate PressDisplay allows corporate librarians to deliver customized news services directly to executives’ and information specialists’ desktops or preferred mobile device.
Corporate PressDisplay is a digital daily newspaper collection that offers more than 450 titles from around the world, which may be viewed in their original formats using a standard web browser or through a BlackBerry, iPhone, or smart mobile device (with or without an audio function). Unlike websites of newspapers, which typically provide only selected stories from the printed publication, Corporate PressDisplay presents a digital, interactive replica of the paper’s original print format.
Corporate PressDisplay’s features and navigation tools are designed to make it easy for users to find and read articles of interest. Smart Navigation titles offer instant translations in up to 12 languages and a keyword monitoring feature, allowing global executives to keep tabs on news around the world—no matter the language barriers. To translate an article, users simply open an article in text view and choose the language they want to read it in. Users can also choose single-page or two-page views, duplicating the feel of a printed newspaper’s "spread." Corporate PressDisplay also includes customized homepages, bookmarking, and up to a 90-day archive. Its expanded newspaper collection includes The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Kansas City Star, The Charlotte Observer, and Albuquerque Journal.
Corporate PressDisplay is one of several on-site delivery methods offered by NewspaperDirect and distributed by ProQuest. PressDisplay, Print-on-Demand, and ND Press are available exclusively from ProQuest in the North American public library and education markets.
Thomson Scientific Launches New Citation Impact Forum
Thomson Scientific announced the launch of its Citation Impact Forum (www.scientific.thomson.com/citationimpactforum), an online forum promoting scholarly discussion about all facets of citation-based research evaluation—from Thomson Scientific’s own Journal Impact Factor to emerging citation metrics, such as the h-index. The company hopes that by promoting an understanding and discussion of scholarly metrics, those in the industry will be encouraged to use metrics more effectively.
The Citation Impact Forum will feature interviews with and commentary from industry leaders— bibliometricians, researchers, and publishers—about scholarly evaluation. By becoming a registered member of the forum, users have the added ability to join invitation-only forums where they can participate in discussions by sharing their own thoughts with other members. Registered members can also recommend future forum discussion topics.
Thomson Scientific said it will also use the forum to address—or to clarify—inaccuracies and common misinterpretations circulating among the scientific community printed in journals, blogs, and other forums.
Source: Thomson Scientific
NewsGator Releases New Versions of Client Products
NewsGator Technologies (www.newsgator.com) announced the general availability of NetNewsWire 3.1, FeedDemon 2.6, and NewsGator Go! for Windows Mobile 2.0. The public beta of NewsGator Inbox 3.0 also began.
NewsGator also announced that all of its client RSS reader products are now available free of charge and include free synchronization along with other services. Users can now enjoy the features and performance of all of NewsGator’s web, desktop, and mobile readers for iPhone, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry (powered by FreeRange), all synchronized to provide the same view of their RSS content no matter when or where they read it. Enterprise customers will continue to enjoy the extended value of having all these clients synchronize with NewsGator Enterprise Server (NGES). All client products are available for free download from the NewsGator website.
Source: NewsGator Technologies
Readex to Release Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808Ė1980
Readex (www.readex.com), a division of NewsBank, announced the initial release of Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808–1980, in February 2008. Created in cooperation with the University of Houston, this new digital resource represents what the company calls "the single largest compilation of Spanish-language newspapers printed in the U.S. during the 19th and 20th centuries." It is the first in a new American Ethnic Newspapers series, available within America’s Historical Newspapers.
The collection features hundreds of titles, including many published bilingually in Spanish and English. It is based on the "Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project," a national research effort directed by Professor Nicolás Kanellos. Prior to Kanellos’ massive undertaking, many of the titles found in Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808–1980, were scattered or forgotten.
With the digital publication of Hispanic American Newspapers, these important primary documents can now be easily browsed, searched, and read. Users can easily compare and contrast Hispanic views on nearly every major theme in American life with those appearing in other America’s Historical Newspapers series, including Early American Newspapers, 1690–1922.
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