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Celebrating Diversity at ALA Midwinter
by Brandi Scardilli
Despite the threat of a blizzard, more than 7,000 librarians descended on Chicago's McCormick Place for the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting, held Jan. 30-Feb. 3. Hundreds of flights were canceled on Feb. 1 due to the snowy situation, but attendees made the best of it--Oxford University Press hosted a Super Bowl beer-and-pizza tailgate party in its booth, and innovator Mick Ebeling kept spirits up during his ALA President's Program on the power of DIY technology and his Not Impossible foundation.

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EBSCO Commits to Making Koha Improvements
EBSCO Information Services agreed to support the web-based, open source Koha ILS by getting involved in several of its projects, including a strategic upgrade of Koha's core full-text search engine technology to Elasticsearch; the development of a browse function by author, title, subject, and call number; and greater flexibility in ingesting metadata schemes beyond MARC 21.
TV Content Joins Zignal Labs' Analytics Platform
Zignal Labs partnered with iQ media to expand its offerings into television content. Its customers now have access to coverage from television, print, online, and social media sources, as well as from LexisNexis. This robust platform for analytics offers a view of how stories move among disparate media.
ProQuest Announces Digitization of Early European Books
ProQuest released the first 2 million pages--about 5,800 books--from its digitization project of rare, historical works at the National Library of France (BnF). The fields covered include history, theology, law, physics, and medicine. When it is finished, the project will provide more than 28,000 European books from 1400 to 1700 as fully searchable images.
DPLA Updates KriKri Metadata Aggregation Engine
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) launched KriKri version 0.1.3 (a Ruby on Rails engine for metadata aggregation, enhancement, and quality control), which is used as part of the DPLA's metadata ingestion system Heidrun.

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Five Librarian Bloggers to Follow
by Brandi Scardilli
There are so many blogs about librarianship that it would be difficult to follow them all. Everyone has his or her favorites, of course, but NewsBreaks is highlighting some you may not have heard of in the hopes you'll find it worthwhile to hear their perspectives. If you already know about these passionate authorial librarians, read on for some insight into why they started their blogs and what advice they'd give to those thinking about blogging. If these names are new to you, check out what you've been missing.
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