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For many corporate libraries, “search” represents an enormous challenge. Depending how users access the library, finding what they need can require a search of multiple databases using the same terms. This can turn out to be an effort fraught with frustration and a time drain on productivity. When the director of information and knowledge management at a global specialty biopharmaceutical company experienced this frustration first hand, while searching through eight databases for competitive intelligence materials on a tight deadline, she decided this limitation was unacceptable. The library would embark on a mission to become more user-friendly. The goal? The ability to search across multiple resources for a specific keyword or phrase and retrieve one comprehensive set of results. Here’s a look at their journey.

OCLC Wise Reimagines the ILS
by Ben Johnson
OCLC is rolling out a new ILS to public libraries in the U.S.--just don't call it an ILS. The company describes OCLC Wise as a community engagement system--it's like an ILS, but one that is built around the customer experience. Wise handles traditional functions (such as circulation, cataloging, and discovery), but differentiates itself with integrated tools for marketing, customer relationship management (CRM), event registration, and collection analysis.

Weekly News Digests
The Copyright Alliance Applauds New Register of Copyrights
The Copyright Alliance is praising the appointment of Karyn A. Temple as Register of Copyrights. Its CEO, Keith Kupferschmid, offers a statement.
W3C Plans Workshop on Web Games
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) announced an open-to-the-public Workshop on Web Games, which will be hosted by Microsoft and held June 27­-28, 2019, in Redmond, Wash.
The Crowley Co. Launches Portable Microfilm Scanner
The Crowley Co. unveiled the MACH Mini microfilm scanner, the smallest production-level microfilm scanner available. Able to be packed in a portable case and used with a laptop, it can scan up to 350 images per minute.
Clarivate Analytics Report Looks at Progress on UN Sustainable Development Goals
Clarivate Analytics' Institute for Scientific Information rolled out a report, "Narrating the Structure of Research on Sustainable Development Goals," which shows the progress global research activity is making toward addressing the 17 global sustainable development goals adopted by the United Nations (UN).
Humble Bundle Promotion of No Starch Press Ebooks Benefits the Freedom to Read Foundation
No Starch Press and Humble Bundle joined forces to create a Coder's Bookshelf promotion benefiting the Freedom to Read Foundation. The promotion will run until April 8, 2019.

NewsLink Spotlight
A Day in the Life of Five Librarians, Part 3
by Justin Hoenke
Justin Hoenke, the executive director of a small public library, has been talking to all types of library staffers for A Day in the Life, his column in Information Today. Among other things, he asks them about their typical days, moments that made them proud, their current projects, and how they balance their library work with the rest of their lives. Here's a look at his columns from September 2018 to March 2019. 

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