Information Today

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Articles from Vol. 28, No. 9, October

Addictions 101
Two articles from the September/October issue of Intranets look at how much (and how quickly) people engage in online media, whether for socializing or for work. Each article points out that too much of a good thing isn't necessarily good. If you find...
Armstrong: The Voice of Copyright
Tracey L. Armstrong joined Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) in 1989, the same year that Apple Computer, Inc. released its Macintosh Portable for $6,500 and Tim Berners-Lee was busy laying the groundwork for the World Wide Web. Flash-forward 20 years,...
Book Publishing Is Growing
During the past several months, we have experienced droughts, record-high temperatures, hurricanes, and earthquakes, not to mention some miserable economic news and a government budget crisis. But it's not all bad news. Some industries keep plugging...
Boosting Wikipedia Quality
The Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) has been involved in two pilot projects designed to improve the quality of Wikipedia's encyclopedia articles as well as attract new contributors to craft the content. The mission of WMF, a nonprofit charitable organization,...
Business Intelligence: Overcoming the Global Blind Spot
The downgrade of American credit adds an exclamation point to David S. Mason's The End of the American Century (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2008). For business intelligence (BI) companies, information is no longer about U.S. data, U.S....
CAS: Breaking Another Record
CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) has earned a reputation for pushing the envelope and breaking world records. Its CAS Registry of more than 61 million unique chemical substances is billed as "the world's largest and most authoritative collection of...
Europe Works on Solution to Embrace Cultural Orphans
There are few more chilling phrases in the English language than "European Union (EU) directive." Nevertheless, directives have their uses, one of which may be how to deal with issues related to the digitization of orphan works. The European Commission...
Gale: A New Library Search Experience
Connecting researchers to the most relevant databases can cut hours or days off the search process while expediting the discovery of key information. Gale, part of Cengage Learning, stays tuned to what researchers need and has recently enhanced its...
Global Outlook
CONFERENCES AROUND THE WORLDOctober9-13: Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre). GITEX Technology Week has been a core event in the Middle East for information and communications technology professionals for...
Google's Antitrust Woes Continue
The ubiquity of Google's presence on and beyond the internet is its biggest asset and is becoming its biggest problem. Look at me, for example. Much of the research for this article was done using Google. Last night, I used Google Earth to search...
Happy Birthday, Safari Books
Safari Books Online has come a long way since its inception in 2001. "Ten years ago, we were formed as the online distribution channel for our owner's content, primarily O'Reilly and Pearson," says Dennis Kilian, vice president of sales. "It quickly...
Haralambos "Babis" Marmanis
The world's information is more than doubling every 2 years, according to recent studies. "This vast amount of data is available in more formats, via more devices and with more context than ever before," says HARALAMBOS "BABIS" MARMANIS, the new...
Helping Others Succeed Can Help Your Library
Helping Others Succeed Can Help Your Library Mentoring m the Library: Building for the Future Edited by Marta K. Lee Chicago: American Library Association, 2011 ISBN: 978-0-8389-3593-4 136 pages; $50, softcoverDid you learn everything you needed to know...
IFLA: Going beyond Libraries in Puerto Rico
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) held its 77th World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in the Latin American region Aug. 13-18, 2011. For U.S. attendees, the venue in San Juan, Puerto Rico, provided...
Kaplan: A Collaborative App
It took 12 weeks, five companies, and a lot of collaboration to develop Kaplan Mobile, a new app that makes academic and professional test preparation more accessible on more devices and to more users. For Kaplan Publishing, a key player in the...
Legislating the Cloud
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In January 2010, Microsoft's senior vice president and general counsel Brad Smith made an unusual request. While speaking on a panel about cloud computing at the Brookings Institution, Smith stressed the growing importance...
Looking beyond the Bytes
Although dyed-in-the-wool geeks may not want to admit it, there's more to technology than hardware and software engineering. Business deals, lawsuits, and more artistic areas (such as user experience and interface design) also play key roles. This...
Memo to Congress
In August, the House Appropriations Committee was still considering the future of the Government Printing Office (GPO). There's already a plan in the works to cut next fiscal year's budget by about 20%. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) may...
myId.com: Personal Security
Think your privacy is secure? Think again. The difference between privacy and the world knowing your business is often just a click away. Remember Anthony Weiner, who resigned from Congress in June 2011 after his provocative tweets exposed more of...
Open Library and the Gatekeepers
One of the internet's longstanding themes is that it will free people from the tyranny of the experts and the gatekeepers: those who control information and define how it is used by "the people." According to this notion, people will use the power...
Optify: Guiding Global SEO
Getting search engine optimization (SEO) to work well takes more than just a good product. Optify, Inc. is trying to make the SEO process easier for enterprises with its hosted SEO software suite that delivers real-time reports on links, search engine...
Product News
* Ingram Content Group, Inc. launched Global CONNECT, a new program that combines Ingram's print/distribution services and global book manufacturers with print-on-demand technology and connectivity to local retailers. Brazil's Singular Digital book manufacturer...
Social Media: The Future of Conference Papers
Imagine two young librarians whose only connection is a virtual relationship via the internet. They decide to collaborate on a conference paper, which they intend to co-present at an upcoming conference. The topic is about writing a conference paper:...
Social Media: The Future of Conference Papers Report from the Field
Imagine two young librarians whose only connection is a virtual relationship via the internet. They decide to collaborate on a conference paper, which they intend to co-present at an upcoming conference. The topic is about writing a conference paper:...
SpringerReference: Ahead of the Pack
Springer Science+Business Media has stepped up the speed of publishing with the launch of SpringerReference.com, an innovative new platform designed for researchers and academic and corporate librarians. What sets SpringerReference apart from other...
Taxation of Main Street versus Cyber Street
Benjamin Franklin once said, "Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." However, taxes (at least state sales taxes) have been anything but certain in the development of ecommerce. In many respects, a major aspect supporting the development...
T-Shirts Commemorate Fun
This latest and greatest column starts with a warning: Your Field Correspondent loves T-shirts. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I have four drawers filled with them at home, plus some squirreled away for the winter or for some washing machine-related...
Twitter Dee
While FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) tweeted its instructions for "What to Do During an Earthquake" (after the Earth had quit shaking) and the New York City Police Department reminded residents not to dial 911 unless it was a true emergency,...
Where Social Science Meets the Internet
Who knew? The American Sociological Association has a Communication and Information Technologies Section (CITASA). The CITASA membership includes senior scholars who have written seminal works in the field, as well as students who will define the...