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October 6, 2011 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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OCLC Report Examines Use of Social Metadata at Libraries, Archives, and Museums

OCLC Research released a new report titled “Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums, Part 1: Site Reviews.” The report seeks to provide an overview of social metadata to enable cultural heritage institutions to better use their users' expertise and enrich their descriptive metadata to improve their users’ experiences. 

Metadata helps users locate resources that meet their specific needs. But metadata also helps us to understand the data we find and helps us to evaluate what we should spend our time on. Traditionally, staff at libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs) create metadata for the content they manage. However, social metadata—content contributed by users—is evolving as a way to both augment and recontextualize the content and metadata created by LAMs. Many cultural heritage institutions are interested in gaining a better understanding of social metadata and also learning how to best utilize their users' expertise to enrich their descriptive metadata and improve their users' experiences.

In order to facilitate this, a 21-member RLG Partners Social Metadata Working Group reviewed 76 sites relevant to libraries, archives, and museums that supported such social media features as tagging, comments, reviews, images, videos, ratings, recommendations, lists, links to related articles, etc. In addition, working group members surveyed site managers, analyzed the survey results and discussed the factors that contribute to successful—and not so successful—use of social metadata. They also considered issues related to assessment, content, policies, technology, and vocabularies.

This report includes an environmental scan of 76 social metadata sites and a detailed review of 24 representative sites. It is the first of three OCLC Research reports about social metadata. The second report will provide an analysis of the results from a survey of site managers, and the third report will provide recommendations on social metadata features most relevant to libraries, archives, and museums as well as the factors contributing to success.

Learn more about the OCLC Research project associated with the report, Sharing and Aggregating Social Metadata

Source: OCLC Research

iCopyright Launches Article Tools + Syndication Plugin

iCopyright announced the launch of unique new CMS plugins for WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla. The free plugin can be downloaded and activated in less than 5 minutes, providing any site that publishes copyrighted content with six content monetization tools.

1. The Syndication tool enables the site to instantly distribute its articles to other blogs and websites and get paid for every view.

2. The Source tool enables the site to find and republish relevant articles from other sites, and to monetize them with ads, subscriptions, and reprint sales.

3. The Share tool installs Print, Email, Post, and Republish features, making it easy for visitors to share articles with proper attribution and links back to the site. When the site’s content is shared, its ads go with it, increasing its revenue from more clicks and impressions.

4. The Promotion tool emails the site’s article headlines to opt-in subscribers of iCopyright’s Clip&Copy news alert service. This helps the site to reach new users and bring more traffic to the site.

5. The Track tool scours the web, locating articles from the site that appear on other sites, making it easy to determine whether the site’s content is being used with or without permission by others.

6. The Sell tool embeds iCopyright’s licensing service, making it easy for site visitors to buy articles and comply with copyright.

The all-in-one plugin is a unique application, providing blogs and websites of any size with tools to promote, protect, track, and monetize their content with one install. The company has taken its patent-pending technology, previously available only to very large publishers, and packaged it so that any blogger or website owner can deploy it quickly.

The plugin is free of charge and can be downloaded at iCopyright earns a small share of the revenue the plugin generates for the sites that are using it.

Source: iCopyright

Gale Launches Librareo—Free Web-Based Community for LIS Students

Gale, part of Cengage Learning and Library Journal/School Library Journal magazines announced the debut of Librareo, a free web-based community that supports the future of libraries and librarianship by providing students enrolled in Library and Information Studies (LIS) programs with free access to the professional resources they’ll rely upon following graduation.

LIS students in the U.S. and Canada who sign up for Librareo will get free, unlimited access to the most-requested online Gale resources throughout their library school career, such as Academic OneFile, Gale Virtual Reference Library, including access to115 ebooks commonly used in libraries today, Powerspeak Languages and several In Context products, among others. Before starting their library careers, students will be able to explore and master in-demand resources currently being used in libraries around the world. LIS students will also have access to the Librareo message board and forum, operated by library thought-leaders and LIS faculty, giving them the opportunity to make contacts and solicit timely advice and best practices from experts.

In addition to the free electronic resources from Gale, up to 3,000 LIS students will also receive a free 1-year subscription to either Library Journal, which offers librarian-to-librarian reviews of books, databases and other media as well as coverage of library news, technology and best practices or School Library Journal, a monthly magazine providing similar coverage but with a focus on the needs of librarians serving youth and teens.

Source: Gale

CCC Introduces Mobile Licensing Tool

Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC) developed an in-app licensing toolkit for RightsLink Plus and Premium-enabled Publishers to add licensing to their iPad or iPhone apps. On the iPad or iPhone, as well as for traditional online environments, RightsLink allows a publication’s customers to conduct licensing transactions of all kinds without ever leaving the rightsholder’s website.

The first installation of the toolkit adds a “get permissions” option within the iPad/iPhone app for CHEST, the highly regarded peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). When a reader of an article on the iPad or iPhone version clicks on the share button at the bottom of the app, among the short list of usual options is one offering “Get Permissions.” Clicking that link opens a CCC branded widow tied to the RightsLink service enabling a full range of options to secure additional rights that is synchronized with an individual’s account.

According to Ned May, Outsell, Inc. vice president and lead analyst, “Increasingly, knowledge workers and other professional content consumers are migrating from the desktop PC to a range of mobile devices that include various smartphones, and now to the iPad. With this development of a ‘RightsLink-in-an-app’ tool, CCC has taken a strategic path to follow content users wherever they go in order to deliver efficient and convenient licensing solutions.”

May wrote in a recent Outsell article, “For researchers with the content they want and the occasional need to share this content formally, CCC’s embedded link is perfectly placed. Occupying scarce and therefore precious real estate within the sharing functionality of an iOS app, this ‘Get Permissions’ link sits alongside other standard workflow tasks…as such, it is a simple extension of an existing practice yet perfectly positioned to succeed. It would be surprising if this solution or something similar didn’t become ubiquitous for every paid content provider targeting mobile devices.”

Source: Copyright Clearance Center, Inc.

DPLA 'Beta Sprint' Review Panel Announces Results

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Steering Committee invited the creators of nine promising projects for the DPLA Beta Sprint, an open call for code and concepts defining how the DPLA might operate, to present at the public plenary meeting taking place on Oct. 21, 2011 in Washington, D.C.
  • Digital Collaboration for America’s National Collections
    The Digital Collaboration demonstrates the ability of three disparate, major national institutions to work together through one unified search tool. Submitted by the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution.
  • DLF/DCC: DPLA Beta Sprint
    The DLF/DCC Beta Sprint project serves as a search tool for the DCC’s collection of cultural and scientific heritage resources, presenting unique ways of organizing and presenting materials and metadata. Submitted by CLIR: Digital Library Federation and the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign, School of Information, Science and Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship.
  • extraMUROS
    extraMUROS proposes to shape the Digital Public Library of America into a multimedia-library-without-walls through an open source, HTML5 platform. Submitted by metaLAB (at) Harvard, the Harvard Library Lab, and Media And Place (MAP) Productions.
  • Government Publications: Enhanced Access and Discovery through Open Linked Data and Crowdsourcing
    The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (or CIC) has been leading a coordinated effort to digitize government documents. The project continues with an approximate target of digitizing a total of 1+ million print documents. Submitted by the University of Minnesota, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, and HathiTrust.
  • Metadata Interoperability Services
    Metadata Interoperability Services (MINT) is a web-based platform that enables the aggregation of rich and diverse cultural heritage content and metadata. Submitted by MINT at the National Technical University of Athens.
  • ShelfLife and LibraryCloud
    ShelfLife is intended to provide users with a rich environment for exploring the combined content of the DPLA, discovering new works, and engaging more deeply with them via social interactions. LibraryCloud is the backend metadata server that supports ShelfLife. Submitted by the Harvard Library Innovation Lab and multiple partners.

The six selected projects were invited based on recommendations made by an independent review panel composed of public and research librarians and experts in the fields of library science and information management. The panel met in Cambridge, Mass. on Sept. 18, 2011 to discuss the 38 final Beta Sprint submissions.

The Steering Committee has also invited the creators of three projects—Bookworm, DPLA Collection Achievements & Profiles System, and WikiCite—A Universal Citation Platform—to participate in a “lightning round” of presentations at the plenary, featuring submissions that may serve as useful additions to the DPLA’s initial technical foundation.

Each project was evaluated independently according to criteria adapted from the review criteria for the National Endowment for the Humanities' Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants program. More information about the review process and results is available at

Source: Digital Public Library of America

Ex Libris Primo Central Index to Cover BNA and MLA Collections

Ex Libris Group, a provider of library automation solutions, announced that the U.S. Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) and the Modern Language Association of America (MLA) have joined the rapidly expanding group of information providers that enable the Primo Central Index of scholarly content to cover their collections.

A publisher of information and analysis products for professionals in business and government, BNA will make available to the Primo Central Index over 90 journal titles aimed at legal practitioners and law students. These resources cover the fields of corporate law and business; employee benefits; employment and labor law; environment, health, and safety; health care; human resources; intellectual property; litigation; and tax and accounting.

Extending its scope in the abstract and indexing domain, Primo Central will also index the MLA International Bibliography collection, which provides the only comprehensive bibliography of books and articles published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. The database includes over 2.3 million citations in more than 70 languages.

Offered as a cloud-based service to hundreds of libraries around the globe, the world-class Primo Central Index covers hundreds of millions of scholarly resources from leading information providers. Primo Central is an integral part of the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution, which enables library users to enjoy the full benefit of a one-stop service for their information needs and to explore their library’s locally managed collections along with global and regional resources from the Primo Central Index.

Ex Libris recently signed agreements with a number of content providers that will make their collections available to the Primo Central Index: American Council of Learned Societies (Humanities E-Book); the American Mathematical Society; ASTM International; Brepols; Ciando; CSIRO Publishing (journals); Duke University Press (journals); Edinburgh University Press; Informit, the online service of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (selected collections); M.E. Sharpe (journals); Morgan & Claypool Publishers; Royal Society Publishing; and Sabinet.

Source: Ex Libris Group

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