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Articles from Vol. 28, No. 10, November

4shared: Big on Space Storage
When it comes to file storage space, size matters. So does price. That's why 4shared has a user-base of nearly 100 million: It offers up to 15GB of free storage space for each account. With headquarters in Kiev, Ukraine, and Moscow, 4shared caters...
Big, Bold, and Just Plain Better
Just weeks before the tumultuous days of 2011 come to a screeching halt, technology companies were busy rolling out new products to eagerly awaiting audiences. While a few of the company names are familiar, the products and enhancements are anything...
Blog Buzz
Quotables from industry notables'From the Desert to the Web: Bringing the Dead Sea Scrolls Online'It's taken 24 centuries, the work of archaeologists, scholars and historians, and the advent of the Internet to make the Dead Sea Scrolls accessible to...
Etextbook Space Heats Up
Last fall, I covered the flurry of activity in the etextbook market. As we dive into the fall semester this year, the activity level has certainly not abated. An article in the September 2011 issue of Information Today looked at "Etextbooks: Coming...
FirstRain: Harvesting the Business Web
It's been a big year for FirstRain, Inc., the company with a research engine that finds and analyzes business information on the open web. It raised $6.4 million in new funding, developed mobile apps for the iPhone and Android devices and an iPad app...
Gale: Enhancing Career Transitions
Gale, part of Cengage Learning, revamped Career Transitions, its online careerservices tool. It added a more userfriendly interface, reporting options to gauge how users leverage the program, and a Match Experience feature to help users find a broad...
Global Outlook: Conferences around the World
November7-8: Singapore (Hotel Fort Canning). Organized by the Global Science and Technology Forum, the Annual International Conference on Education & eLearning (EeL 2011) hosts presentations and a poster session that cover virtual classrooms, elearning...
Go Team Library!
Coaching may conjure up images of a college football coach urging his team to "win one for the Gipper," or the soccer mom who is trying to get her young players organized on the field. However, coaching has also become an important concept in management...
Hart: Keeping Pace with Infogroup
When Clare Hart first joined Infogroup in July 2010, she knew her role as president and CEO would be a challenge. That's one of the reasons she agreed to come on board. "You know you can't look at embarking on a journey like this without knowing...
Hart: Keeping Pace with Infogroup
When Clare Hart first joined lnfogroup in July 2010, she knew her role as president and CEO would be a challenge. That's one of the reasons she agreed to come on board."You know you can't look at embarking on a journey like this without knowing that...
HathiTrust Shapes Libraries' Digital Future
Since Google Books (GB) was launched in 2004, the search engine's mammoth bookscanning project has produced good and not-so-good outcomes. On the not-so-good side, there have been endless debates about the value and propriety of the project, copyright...
In Memoriam: Steve Jobs
While we were busy putting the finishing touches on this issue, the news of Steve Jobs' passing hit the media. Although most of us didn't know him personally, he sure changed our world and for the better. Whether you were a PC or a Mac lover, you...
ISP Throttling Leads to Class Action Lawsuit
The demand for bandwidth on the internet shows no signs of letting up. The internet is increasingly the go-to platform for Skype, LLC and other VoIP services and streaming media from YouTube; Netflix, Inc.; XFINITY; ABC/CBS/ NBC/FOX; and other content...
LCA: On Copyright Reform
For librarians and info pros i n-t he-know, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) is not only the go-to resource to keep up with the news on digital content, copyright, and intellectual property issues, but it also provides a voice for librarians and...
Let Me Entertain You
As I'm writing this column in mid-September, there are news reports that Netflix has lost more than 600,000 customers since March 2011. This announcement came on the heels of various polls and surveys claiming that as many as 1 million folks have ditched...
Libraries Encounter the Piracy Paradigm
The library community had to know this was coming. Or else, it just wasn't paying attention. Over the next few months, much will be written in this newspaper and its sister publications about The Authors Guild's copyright infringement lawsuit against...
Lucky Me
It must be the four-leaf clover I keep in my wallet, or maybe it's the old horseshoe (prongs up, of course) over my office door, because I sure have been lucky lately. In the past few weeks, I've scored: * 850,000 "Great British Pounds Sterling"...
News Bytes
* Google acquired Zagat Survey, LLC, a review and recommendation guide for restaurants, hotels, shopping, and entertainment known for its 30-point rating scale. Founded 32 years ago, Zagat began conducting consumer-based surveys and publishing pocket-sized...
NFAIS: A Closer Look at Google+
On Sept. 9, 2011, 65 people from as far away as the U.K. assembled virtually to participate in an NFAIS webinar on Google+. John Blossom, founder and president of Shore Communications, Inc. and an avid user of Google+, hosted the comprehensive overview...
Out of Control
He who pays the piper calls the tune," according to a wise old saying. I remember once reading a rather abstruse, dissertation-y tome that began with a fascinating historical observation (OK, I never actually made it past the first chapter). It attributed...
Pew: The Techs Who Text
I JWTK, can u CTO? LOL. If you need an interpreter for the first sentence, you may be among the 27% of adults who own a cellphone but are afraid to text. (Translation: "I just want to know, can you check this out? Laughing out loud.") The Pew Internet...
Product News
* Serials Solutions, part of ProQuest, LLC, announced that SciVerse ScienceDirect is now indexed within Summon, a web-scale discovery service. Researchers can now search the full text of all ScienceDirect journal articles and ebooks. ScienceDirect offers...
Quest Software: Database Management Support
Users won't find a montage of hopping critters at www.toadworld.com. Rather, database professionals already know that Toad World is the educational and collaborative hub for users of Toad, a software application from Quest Software, Inc. that has leveraged...
RapidBuyr: Deals for the B2B Market
Here's a company that offers an innovative ecommerce platform for small to medium-sized companies. FOUNDER The foundation for the daily deal site RapidBuyr was created in 2004 when twin brothers Tom and Darr Aley were busy working at other companies....
Reasons to Believe
We all need a reason to get up and go somewhere and do something. Even a stroll through a garden is predicated upon wanting to relax. In the early 1970s when I was a flatbroke university student in Sweden, I frequented the local town library most...
Robert Deutsch
* ROBERT DEUTSCH sees his new role as senior director of marketing at Credo Reference as more than a list of goals and responsibilities outlined in his job description. To him, success means preparing members of this generation, who so often "make...
Site Tunes into Vintage Recordings
How would you record a song if you didn't have a microphone? [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] At the beginning of the 20th century, the sounds from voices and instruments were funneled through a large metal horn that caused the attached diaphragm to vibrate....
The Copyright Evolution
* For information professionals, issues surrounding copyright compliance have traditionally been on the consumption side. It's challenging enough to ensure that content usage within an organization is in accordance with negotiated licenses, especially...
The Dummies versus the Best
Judging from the title, this isn't going to be a column highlighting an episode of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader with members of Jersey Shore as contestants. Instead, the focus this month is on the November/December issue of The CyberSkeptics Guide...
The Next Step in Patent Reform
* On Sept. 16, 2011, President Barack Obama signed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the product of nearly 10 years of political and legal debate over reforming the U.S. patent system. Many have characterized the act as the most substantial overhaul...
The Semantic Web Media Summit
Nearly 100 publishers and information professionals gathered in New York on Sept. 14 for the Semantic Web Media Summit (http://mediabistro .com/semanticwebmediasummit). In contrast to many events on semantics that are technology-heavy, this summit...
Thomson Reuters: Predicting the Nobel Winners
While many researchers toil a lifetime in search of a landmark discovery, few actually win the prestigious Nobel Prize. David Pendlebury, citation analyst, research services at Thomson Reuters, retraces the steps of these innovative researchers...
Two Search Innovations: The Snake and the Lion
Innovation in general and search innovation in particular continue to capture the attention of innovators from Canada to Israel. The coverage of the social search wars, the high-profile patent litigation, and the upheavals in the mobile computing market...
Watchdox: Sharing Documents Securely
Content is being pushed in every direction these days: to mobile, to global, to the cloud, beyond a firewall, or on a platform. Add breaches and security leaks to the mix and controlling that content becomes an even bigger issue. "People need to...
What's Trending in Patents
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) slices and dices its data for a broad or select view of what's happening in the patent world. And it's become a very busy hub for innovation worldwide.Patent activity has hit all-time highs as of the latest...
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