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Articles from Vol. 29, No. 5, May

A Fandango of Fakes
A t the March SPARC Open Access Meeting in Kansas City, Mo., a healthy backchannel of tweets (#sparc2012) reported about and reflected on ideas presented in the talks. One in particular caught everyone's attention: "Msg to #sparc2012 attendees. RESISTANCE...
A Librarian Ebook Revolution?
The titles of blog posts by some librarians have been quite provocative recently. The level of frustration at not being able to acquire and provide ebooks to library patrons is clearly escalating. Since there doesn't seem to be a good ebook lending...
Blog Buzz
Quotables from industry notables'Speed and Retention - Are ?-Readers Slower and More Forgetful?'Recently, there's been speculation and some evidence that using e-reading devices slows you down and makes you more apt to forget what you've read.These hypotheses...
Clear: Tools Aimed at Two New Targets
Decision makers in an agency or enterprise realize the value of quality competitive intelligence. Getting the right information at the right time can mean the difference between establishing a successful business relationship and succumbing to fraud....
Copyright in Public Records Being Tested
The idea of lawyers suing or being sued over legal documents may strike some people as either amusing or ironic. But a series of recent copyright infringement lawsuits over the use of documents that were either created for the legal process or used...
Creative Themes in OnCopyright 2012
Copyright Clearance Center opened the doors to its biennial OnCopyright conference in late March to initiate a lively conversation on the theme Advancing the Creative Economy. While more than 130 attendees were on hand at the Kernochan Law, Media...
Ebrary Rolls out Ebook Strategy
With the escalating demand for ebooks, librarians are struggling with smaller budgets to accommodate the growing needs of their patrons and institutions. ebrary, a ProQuest business, recently created a strategic approach to ebook acquisition that...
Educating Millennials: Information Literacy Neither Starts nor Ends with Wikipedia
On Jan. 18, Wikipedia went black in protest of SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA(PROTECT IPAct), leaving millions of regular users without access to one of the world's largest public reference websites. While the news surrounding the SOPAPIPA...
E-Find in an Elibrary
We've all seen the notice, most often during a search in Google Books, where the millions of books supplied by Google's library partners are linked to OCLC's WorldCat holdings. Book entries also carry links to potential permanent suppliers, such as...
Factiva: It's All about the Content
* With the world of information at our fingertips 24/7, most users don't have a clue about what goes into creating and maintaining a wellspring of quality content. They simply expect the content to be seamlessly accessible, painstakingly accurate,...
FileMaker 12: Empowering the User
After 18 months at the drawing board, the latest version of FileMaker is proof that the product development team raised the bar on design and functionality in an easy-to-use format. The FileMaker 12 portfolio lets users take control in a new era for...
First Stop Health: One-Stop Consumer Care
Here's a company that delivers healthcare services right to consumers. FOUNDER Patrick Spain founded First Stop Health, an online health concierge service for consumers, in April 2011. Spain's latest venture combines his knowledge of and expertise...
Five Ways to Digest Social Media
With 340 million tweets per day, 2.7 billion likes and comments, and 250 million new Facebook photos, users can feel overwhelmed by the surplus of information in their timelines and newsfeeds. Such a fire hose of content can make it difficult to...
Gale Gateways: Optimizing Discoverability
Most people think of a library as a place to borrow books. But more libraries are supporting other resources these days, such as job databases and information on starting a business, and providing services such as homework help. Many of these offerings...
Global Outlook Conferences around the World
May18-23: Seattle (Washington State Convention Center). The annual MLA (Medical Library Association) meeting and exhibition will explore the theme of Growing Opportunities: Changing Our Game. MLA '12 includes multiple continuing education courses in...
Innovations Abound at PLA 2012
In March, I spent a few days at the Public Library Association (PLA) conference in Philadelphia, one of my favorite library meetings. In this age when libraries are fighting for funding just to keep their doors open and their staff members employed,...
Kathy Greenler Sexton
* Members of the information industry can count on one constant--change, says KATHY GREENLER SEXTON, the new vice president and general manager of the content division at The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). "New technologies,...
Kick-Start Your Creative Project with Funds
A dance troupe in Providence, R.I., wanted to stage a special performance that explored the human brain. Three engineers in Provo, Utah, were developing a remote control that lets a user trigger a camera through an iOS or Android device. Two college...
New Collection Gathers World War I Artifacts
Anniversaries often merit commemoration and perhaps none more so than those heralding the tectonic events that reshaped nations and continents. It's no surprise then that Europeana, Europe's online cultural archive, is gearing up to commemorate...
News Makers
Applause, Applause ...Marjorie M.K. Hlava, founder and CEO of Access Innovations, Inc., was awarded the Ann Marie Cunningham Award for outstanding service from NFAIS (National Federation of Advanced Information Services). She was recognized for her years...
OA: The Debate Continues
* The phrase "open access" (OA) resonates with information professionals, particularly those in the academic sector. For librarians, the concept of OA possesses inherent goodness. However, not all publishers agree. OA has been an ongoing publishing...
Old, Not Dead
Old dogs absolutely can learn new tricks. In my new job, I find myself wallowing daily in biomedical-related literature. Until now, it's more Have Not Been Here, Have Not Done This. But experience is truly the best teacher. For example, in a relatively...
Overcoming Language and Performance Barriers
Any kind of barrier can keep people from reaching goals, literally or figuratively. In this month's column, I'm focusing on two articles from the April issue of The Information Advisor (IA): One looks at a company that provides optimal Chinese-language...
Points of Friction
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., speaking to librarians attending ALA's biennial Public Library Association (PLA) Conference in Philadelphia earlier this year, spoke about environmental protection "not for the fish, but for us." He suggested that the U.S. government...
Preserving Your Personal Past
The discussion at this year's Personal Digital Archiving (PDA) 2012 conference picked up where it left off last year, and judging from attendee interest, PDA is still a hot topic. PDA 2012, which was held in late February at San Francisco's Internet...
Product News
* SureChem, part of Macmillan Publishers Ltd., introduced SnreChemOpen, a free access option for patent literature researchers. SureChem O pen opens the door to the complete SureChem database of chemical structures and full-text patents. The resource...
Reflections on the IPG-Amazon Dispute
The intersection of the publishing world, technology, and the law--particularly copyright law--can be a very volatile place. This has been recently illustrated by a series of semiconnected developments that raise issues about the way publishing, technology,...
Retrieving Health Research
Decades ago, I was involved in development work for a database called Pharmaceutical News Index (PNI). The problem for certain pharma, life sciences, and healthcare researchers was getting the news. MEDLINE (Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval...
SciVerse Meets STEM Lit
The explosive growth in the quantity of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) information is universally and justly acclaimed. Having more information is undoubtedly good, but it's also more difficult to sort through it all to find...
SIIA: Publishers Push Multiple Platforms
In a digital environment that refuses to slow down, publishers are facing the challenge of choosing which ever-evolving platform to push content across. A recent survey from the content division of The Software & Information Industry Association...
Tales from the Library Trenches
While you may never have experienced a challenge to a title in your collection personally, it happens. But that isn't the only kind of censorship libraries face. Sometimes library staff members censor collections themselves; sometimes libraries don't...
Textbooks in Turmoil
You can blame it on tablets, the economy, or the fact that five conglomerates now control nearly 80% of textbooks in the U.S. You could even blame it on Apple's plot to upend the textbook market as it did with the music industry, or on foundations,...
The Future of Apps
When the cover story "The Web Is Dead. Long Live the Internet" appeared in the August 2010 issue of Wired magazine, it generated a maelstrom of controversy. At the time, authors Chris Anderson and Michael Wolff forecast the rise of mobile apps over...
Thomson Reuters and KACST Building a New Pipeline for Innovation
The alliance, which began with a handshake, launched a special partnership between two parties: one in the Middle East and the other in the West.The agreement doesn't involve oil fields or water rights; it's all about gaining access to information. The...
Thomson Reuters and KACST: Building a New Pipeline for Innovation
The alliance, which began with a handshake, launched a special partnership between two parties: one in the Middle East and the other in the West. The agreement doesn't involve oil fields or water rights; it's all about gaining access to information....
Woopra: Delivering Detailed Demographics
Businesses can easily engage with customers on a one-to-one basis in a brick-and-mortar store, but customer engagement on the web isn't quite as easy. "Every online business needs to know who their customers are," says Elie Khoury, co-founder and...