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Articles from Vol. 29, No. 10, November

And the (Nobel Prize) Winner Is
Every autumn, David Pendlebury looks forward to hearing who has won the year's Nobel Prizes. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Pendlebury isn't hoping to queue up for an award himself, but he still has a big stake in the results. As citation analyst at...
Apple-Samsung Verdict: A Troubled U.S. Patent System
* Apple definitely scored a major victory over Samsung in its recent highly publicized patent dispute. The verdict? A jury found that a number of Samsung's mobile devices infringed on Apple's patented designs, and Apple was awarded $1.05 billion in...
Blog Buzz
Quotables from industry notables'ALA President's Open Letter on Ebooks and Publishers Doesn't Get Us Very Far'Maureen Sullivan, ALA president, just posted an Open Letter to America's Publishers. Go read it, then come back and discuss.On the one hand,...
Bringing Researchers Back to the Library
Thinking the unthinkable is on the agenda at Utrecht University Library (UUL) in the Netherlands. That's the topic of a post on the Association of European Research Library's website from Simone Kortekaas, UUL's head of information and marketing....
Customizing RSI Content Solutions
Sept. 20, 2012, wasn't an ordinary 9to-5 day. RSI Content Solutions sponsored its sixth annual RSuite User Conference in Philadelphia for a packed audience of more than 150 attendees. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] After CEO and co-founder Barry Bealer...
DataContent: Where Data Meets Community, Markets
Data. It's the four-letter word that every industry wrestles with daily. Whether it's Big Data, structured data, or unstructured data, this hot commodity can certainly be monetized efficiently and effectively under the right circumstances. Finding...
Deal Makers and Breakers in the Library Marketplace
Consider these scenarios: * "It's free/cheap/less than last year" versus "The budget won't handle it." * "Our patrons can't do without it" or "We've needed something like this for years" versus "The data is just not reliable and, even if it were,...
Ducking into Search Engines and Flocking to Intranets
It's November, and the birds have already started their migration to warmer locales. Appropriately, this month's column looks at a search engine of a different feather and then takes a gander at how companies can make their intranets more "social."...
EasyBib: Back to Basics
To gather the latest facts and figures on information literacy, the team at EasyBib went right to the source: academic librarians. In fact, more than 300 college and K-12 librarians took part in the EasyBib survey to provide insights into the latest...
Elsevier: The New Look of Research
For researchers, finding new tools that can heighten output is a good thing. That's why Elsevier B.V. stepped in to provide a new digital format that is challenging the traditional PDF approach to reading and retrieving research articles. The new...
Executive Profile
* For TARA ROBENALT, HighWire Press' new director of product management, the evolution of smartphone apps has decreased web users' tolerance for learning how to navigate and interact with online content. Luckily, Robenalt has a solution: "I plan...
Fun with Fair Use
Law can be a pretty serious subject. In litigation, millions of dollars can be at stake, not just because of possible damage claims, but because the results could have a significant effect on industry practices. The same applies to legislation....
Getting Where You Need to Go
Map reading is quickly becoming a lost art in the 21st century. People no longer have to know how to read a map, thanks to GPS (global positioning system) technology. We just let the GPS find our location wherever we are in the world and then have...
Global Outlook Conferences around the World
NOVEMBER6-8: Stellenbosch, South Africa (Wallenberg Research Centre). Berlin 10 Open Access Conference is a mandatory follow-up meeting per the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities issued in October 2003. The...
Google: Something for the Enterprise
Google is one company that sticks to its mission: "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Google's latest foray into the enterprise arena showcases its Google Search Appliance...
Infosys Introduces SpeedSolve
Getting an answer to a query may seem to be a simple task, but efficiency and speed of delivery are important parts of the equation these days. Infosys Ltd., a provider of consulting, technology, and outsourcing solutions, recently partnered with...
Just . . . Google
If you are not paying for it, you're not the customer; you're the product being sold.- posted by blue_beetle at 1:41 p.m. on Aug. 26, 2010[381 favorites](www.metafilter.com/95 152/User driven-discontent#3256046)People like to moan and groan about assorted...
Just ... Google
If you are not paying for it, you're not the customer; you're the product being sold. --posted by blue_beetle at 1:41 p.m. on Aug. 26, 2010 [381 favorites] (www.metafilter.com/95152/User driven-discontent#3256046) People like to moan and groan...
Letters to the Editor
As the new person on the office distribution list, I am just now reading your June issue; and Marydee Ojala's article on orphan works [Report From the Field, "Orphans Meet Mass Digitization," June 2012 IT] immediately grabbed my attention.You see, in...
Meet the New Social Media
Social media has become such a part of everyday life that it's de rigueur to send a tweet or post on Facebook to inform your world about the latest details. But those who want to share comments and remain anonymous also have options with reddit and...
News Makers
On the Move ...* Timothy McGeary was recently appointed as head of library systems at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. As manager of the library systems department, he will be involved in planning, budgeting, and setting policy for information...
Of Voting and Social Media
Candidates for public office are always looking for a competitive edge. Add to this the fact that there is a hotly contested presidential election this year, and the stakes are bigger than ever. Many methods have been implemented over the years...
Online Marketing 101
Ask any marketing guru about today's business landscape, and you're bound to hear how much the playing field has changed in recent years. After all, 77% of professional services firms now generate new business leads online. "Our research reveals...
Plan for the Worst
Disaster Response and Planning for Libraries, Third Edition by Miriam B. Kahn Chicago: ALA, 2012 ISBN: 978-0838911518 $60, softcover; 176 pages [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Few of us like to think about what might happen to our libraries...
Predictive Search: Chances for a Trifecta
When I log into Amazon, I am welcomed with a link to Stephen's Amazon.com. One click reveals that I should want to buy more toner for my printer and mystery novels, which my wife orders using my Amazon account. The system is intended to deliver a win,...
Product News
* FirstRain, Inc. launched FirstRain Performinator, a B2B solution for sales and marketing teams to deliver web and Twitter-based customer intelligence. The technology-patented tool, based on industry best practices, can be integrated into a business'...
'Progress' Scorecards Show Mixed Results for World, U.S
Over the past few years, I've done several reviews of scorecard databases that rank national performance in categories that include government, economics, and education. These are important for their reference value as well as for their findings, which...
Research Habits of Gen Y Students
Generation Y doctoral students may like using technology in their everyday lives, but many feel that using social media in their research lacks legitimacy. These findings were released in "Researchers of Tomorrow: The Research Behaviour of Generation...
Social Media News and Reviews
Questioning the source and validity of content is in my DNA as an information professional. I am naturally skeptical of media content and even more so of most user-generated content. But even I was shocked by the latest Gartner, Inc. report on the...
Storm Clouds
I always know when I've heard something profound: I find myself still thinking about it months later. Lately, my thoughts are hearkening to what I heard at the 2012 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., during the...
The Era of Open Government Data
Governments are usually seen as change-resistant, but it should come as no surprise that government information production is changing beyond the very basic shift from paper to PDF. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Established economic and social statistical...
ThomasNet.com Relaunches 'Smart' Platform
FEATURED PRODUCT ThomasNet.com, a product sourcing and supplier discovery service, recently relaunched its platform powered with a new semantic search engine. The new platform focuses on four core applications: Supplier Search, CAD Drawings,...
Two Tours and a Challenge
Information industry enterprises are doing more than just selling their tools of the trade these days. Three of them are doing a bit of grassroots outreach from coast to coast. reddit, a website that bills itself as the front page of the internet,...
Viacom V. YouTube: Muddying the Waters
* Since its inception in early 2005, YouTube has become one of cyberspace's leading destinations with its utilitarian, comical, and outrageous videos (which are even occasional distractions for me from my otherwise riveting legal work). But are there...
Who's Who on the Social Media Lists
Are you in the mood for one of those shocking revelations about sports online? I'm talking about a bit of information that will shake you to your digital core and loosen your grip on that game controller just a little. There are no NFL players on...
Write Posts, Will Terminate
Imagine this: Acar salesman writes two Facebook posts; one post is fine, and the other gets him fired. Why? Robert Becker, a sales representative at the Knauz BMW dealership in Illinois, posted two items on his Facebook page on the same day. One...