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New Report on How the Public Perceives Community Information Systems
The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released a new report, “How the Public Perceives Community Information Systems.” The report is built around surveys in three communities—Philadelphia, San Jose, and Macon, Ga.—and it found some notable and surprising things about the importance of government transparency, broadband adoption, and the rise of social media as tools for community conversation.
The studies show that if people believe their local government shares information well, they also feel good about their town and its civic institutions. Those who are avid information consumers from news media and online sources are more likely to be involved and feel they have impact. Broadband users are sometimes less satisfied than others with community life. That raises the possibility that upgrades in a local information system might produce more critical, activist citizens. Social media like Facebook and Twitter are emerging as key parts of the civic landscape and mobile connectivity is beginning to affect people’s interactions with civic life.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation asked the Monitor Institute to explore key components of local information systems in three communities with advisory help from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. This report is the fruit of an 8-month research effort pilot testing several research methods.
Source: Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
Evanced Solutions Announces Summer Reader 2011 Release
Evanced Solutions has announced that the newest version of its Summer Reader software will be available March 1, 2011. Summer Reader is used by more than 1,500 libraries in 49 states. The software enables library staff members to easily build online reading programs, manage reading logs and prizes, and run statistical reports. Library users interact with Summer Reader to register for reading programs, log reading time, read and write book reviews, see prizes they’ve earned, and even opt to post their latest reading activity on Facebook.
The new features, based on customer feedback, include the following:
- A mobile web-enabled interface for registration and logging
- An improved style sheet editor
- Seamless integration with EBSCO’s Novelist Select
- Improved prize descriptions and tracking for staff
- Plus many other additions, listed at http://bit.ly/sr-release-2011
Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Evanced Solutions offers software and dedicated service for libraries of all types and budgets. Online tools include event calendaring with online registration (Events), meeting room booking (Room Reserve), summer reading management (Summer Reader), and library materials vending (BranchAnywhere), all designed to better attract and engage the communities libraries serve.
Source: Evanced Solutions
CCC Integrates Rights Delivery Platform On Copyright.com
Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) has launched its Rights Delivery Platform, allowing “one-stop shop” access to hundreds of millions of additional rights previously available only through RightsLink installations. For the first time, customers can order reprints from Elsevier, New York Times, Springer, Emerald Publishing Group, Economist Newspaper Ltd., American Institute of Physics, American Chemical Society, American Society of Microbiology, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science directly on copyright.com.
Customers can also obtain permissions from major science, technology, and medicine (STM), university, and news publishers including Nature, Oxford University Press and John Wiley & Sons, among others, via Copyright.com. Other new features include enhanced search by publication type, country of publication or language and the ability for international customers to pay via credit card in their local currency.
CCC is a global rights broker for sought after materials, including in- and out-of-print books, journals, newspapers, magazines, images, blogs, and ebooks. Founded in 1978 as a not-for-profit organization, CCC creates licensing solutions that let academic institutions, businesses, and individuals quickly get permission to use copyright-protected materials while compensating authors, publishers, and other content creators for the use of their works.
Source: Copyright Clearance Center
New Functionality for Cambridge Journals Online
Cambridge Journals Online (CJO), the online publishing service for academic journals at Cambridge University Press, has launched a series of new developments. These enhancements include a new suite of tailored features for publishers and societies, while readers benefit from greater convenience, more powerful tools, and faster access to the latest research.
New partners EDP Sciences and Materials Research Society benefit from bespoke developments that tailor CJO functionality to the needs of their communities.
Meanwhile the new online Africa Bibliography features full bibliographic data, reference linking and search facilities. In addition, there are a range of improvements across CJO, such as direct export of citations into RefWorks, events listings, and single administrators for multiple accounts, which will improve the service to all readers.
These developments are included in the most recent technical upgrade for CJO, which is updated with three releases of new functionality a year, all informed by consultations within the academic and library communities. Further improvements will take place in the next CJO releases scheduled for April, September, and December 2011.
Source: Cambridge Journals Online
ResourceShelf Founders Establish New Sites: INFOdocket.com and FullTextReports
Gary Price and Shirl Kennedy, the well-known and respected librarian bloggers who began ResourceShelf a decade ago and DocuTicker 2 years later, have announced that they are no longer affiliated with those sites. The two say it was time to move on and have more autonomy. So, they have started two new sites that will continue to scour the internet for interesting resources.
INFOdocket is their new home for new or newly discovered web resources; reference material they find interesting (lists, rankings, infographics, and factbooks, and other materials); web search tips; relevant news items from the information industry and library community; and some occasional commentary.
FullTextReports is the home for a hand-picked selection of new full-text reports on various topics from a wide variety of sources including government agencies, think tanks, non-profits, academia, and industry analysts.
The two stress that their work over the last decade has been a labor of love—“it was not started as a business.” But now they have plans for adding organizational elements to the new sites (which use WordPress) to improve search capabilities and make content more accessible.
Editor’s Note: ResourceShelf and DocuTicker, and their archives, remain part of the FreePint family of products. Adrian Janes, a librarian in the U.K., is listed as editor for both sites. And, FreePint has just announced another editor for DocuTicker, librarian Heather Negley.
Readex to Launch Digital Edition of JPRS Reports, 1957-1994
A digital edition of Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Reports, 1957-1994, will be released by Readex, a division of NewsBank, in late summer 2011. This unique new resource—fully searchable for the first time—will feature English translations of foreign-language monographs, reports, serials, journal articles, newspaper articles, and radio and television broadcasts from regions throughout the world. With an emphasis on communist and third-world countries, JPRS contains a wealth of hard-to-find scientific, technical, and social science materials translated from many languages; in fact, few libraries or institutions outside of the Central Intelligence Agency and the Library of Congress hold a complete microform edition, especially for the first two decades following the founding of JPRS.
Featuring four million pages from more than 130,000 reports, the Readex digital edition of Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Reports, 1957-1994 will enable researchers to explore a vast corpus of foreign material. These reports, some of which are quite rare, are ideal for researching military, socioeconomic, political, environmental, scientific, and technical issues and events. The comprehensive Readex digital edition will feature an intuitive interface that includes digital full-text searching, metadata search assistance, and an individual bibliographic record for each JPRS Report. In addition, JPRS Reports, 1957-1994, will be cross-searchable with the Readex digital edition of Foreign Broadcast Information Service Daily Reports, 1941-1996.
JPRS was established in March 1957 as part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Technical Services, about 6 months before the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1. Acting as a unit within the Central Intelligence Agency, JPRS staffers prepared translations for the use of U.S. Government officials, various agencies, and the research and industrial communities. During the Cold War, the reports were primarily translations rather than analysis or commentary, with an emphasis on scientific and technical topics. Over time, however, that scope expanded to cover environmental concerns, world health issues, nuclear proliferation, and more.
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