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Articles from Vol. 30, No. 7, July-August

Accessible Archives Adds Titles to Americana Collection
Accessible Archives, Inc. recently expanded its library of historical resources with five new collections. The company's team of conversion experts is transforming chapters of American history and culture--opening the doors to materials that were once...
Actiance: Recording Digital Footprints
When Actiance, Inc. was launched more than a decade ago, government regulations were less omnipresent, but so were the channels of communication. Today, employees can access and share data via social media, which can often pose challenging conflicts...
BEA 2013: The Future of Books
BookExpo America (BEA) celebrated its annual book love-fest from May 30 to June 1 at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. For book industry professionals, this was a chance to network, meet authors, test-drive new technologies on display,...
Collins: EBSCO Streamlines Information Services
Tim Collins has been at the helm of EBSCO Publishing for more than a quarter of a century. As founder and president of EBSCO Publishing, Collins is no stranger to the ebbs and flows involved in the rapidly changing information industry and some rather...
Congress Holds a Civil Copyright Reform Hearing
Congress is dipping its first cautious toe into what might be an ocean of legislative debate to comprehensively update and reform U.S. copyright law. During a May 2013 hearing of the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet,...
Crafting Treaties for Accessible Published Works
Efforts to ensure easy and low-cost access to written works for those who are visually impaired seems simple enough in theory, but it is tricky in practice when the interests of rightsholders are considered. By now, this issue should be closer to...
Datto: Securing Enterprise Data
Here's a company that protects enterprise data and eliminates the pain of recovery when disaster strikes. Datto, Inc. is basically one of those classic startup stories, according to CEO and founder Austin McChord. The young entrepreneur started...
David Ross
Since open access (OA) is having an impact on virtually every part of the publishing business, according to DAVID ROSS, the executive publisher of OA at SAGE, new processes and systems need to be implemented. And this is where Ross is focusing his...
DeepDyve: Free Preview of Scholarly Articles
DeepDyve, Inc. is giving researchers free access to millions of scholarly and professional research articles, at least for a few minutes at a time. The online scholarly article rental service rolled out a new preview tool in early June, which gives...
Have Apps, Will Travel
Ask 10 librarians what their favorite apps are, and I'm sure you'll get 10 different answers. Last month I devoted my Spotlight article (newsbreaks.infotoday.com) to some browser extensions that I find to be very useful. The article was so popular...
Internet Facts: Test Your Knowledge
1993: On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog. 2013: On the Internet, everybody knows you're a dog. --2013 KPCB "Internet Trends" Report by Mary Meeker and Liang Wu (kpcb.com/insights/ 2013-internet-trends) Mary Meeker, internet analyst...
Is It Search or Discovery?
Earlier this summer, I attended three conferences on search technology where I learned that the topic is now just about everything other than "search." Stephen Arnold, managing director of ArnoldIT, rocked the room when he suggested that Big Data...
Licensing Agreements: Reading the Fine Print
If you're an app developer and plan to make your app available in the Apple App Store, you will have to make one of two seemingly straightforward choices: dedicate precious time and money to developing your own custom-made, end-user license agreement...
Pantheon: A Directory of Drupal Talent
When it comes to Drupal solutions, users know who to call when they need to find a global community, a network of developers, or answers to their questions about the free, open source content management framework. Pantheon, billed as the largest single...
Paula J. Hane: Breaking News
When Paula J. Hane left Information Today, Inc. (ITI) at the end of May 2013, it was big news. As news bureau chief of the ITI NewsBreaks, Hane left no stone unturned in covering the big trends in the library and information industry since she started...
Predictive Search and Pushed Content
Do you remember the days of selective dissemination of information (SDI) and alert services? These push services have been overshadowed in recent times by the ease of ubiquitous web and mobile search services, particularly Google. But increasingly,...
Site Monitors Twitter for Sports Content
Your Field Correspondent has been addicted to the Twitter/social media management tool Hoot-Suite ever since he became a professional tweep. Why? Because it's just so hootin' handy. But recently, I found a place where you can get the HootSuite experience...
SLA 2013: 'Connect, Collaborate, Strategize'
After surviving Chicago's blistering heat at the Special Libraries Association's (SLA) annual meeting in 2012, attendees and exhibitors had little to complain about at the SLA 2013 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO amid early June's blue skies and...
Smartphone Ownership on the Rise
More than half of Americans surveyed (56%) claim that they possess a smartphone, according to "Smartphone Ownership--2013 Update," a report from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. This is the first time in the 2 years the...
SRCH2: Out-Googling Google
Have you taken Samuru for a search test-drive? What about Ark, Q-Sensei, Shodan, or YaCy? With Google dominating search, we can ask the question whether there is room for other search systems. blekko, DuckDuckGo, and Yandex have captured more media...
Summer Reading: Print or Digital
Whether you prefer print or digital, here's a list of the summer's 12 best-bet books, courtesy of TheReadingRoom .com, an independent online portal that relies on social networking to vet the latest good reads for its community. CEO Kim Anderson...
The Digital Public Library of America Opens Its Doors
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA; dp.la) officially launched on April 18, 2013, after 2.5 years of development and many spirited discussions about mission, content, and design. DPLA is crisp and impressive, with marvelous content and...
The Future of Libraries
The Transformed Library: E-books, Expertise, and Evolution by Jeannette Woodward Chicago: ALA Editions, 2013 ISBN: 978-0838911648 152 pages; $55, softcover [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Are you worried about where libraries are headed and what we may...
The Next Generation of Print
Not long ago, 3D printing was simply showcased as a too-cool tool in a science fiction movie. But technology jumped into the 3D space quickly, churning out a record number of 3D desktop printers at prices that are getting more economical every day....
Tracking U.S. House Legislative Data and Transparency
Civility, bipartisanship, and open citizen engagement each made an appearance on Capitol Hill on May 22, 2013, at the second annual Legislative Data and Transparency Conference. The conference, sponsored by the Committee on House Administration,...
Using Multiple Data Channels to Understand Online Customer Needs
Insider's Perspective gives guest columnists a chance to write about challenges and solutions in their corner of the information technology industry. Grasping the needs of your online customers is crucial to providing them with the content, sales,...
You Talkin' to Me?
It isn't always easy to find a common thread that weaves through four of ITI's disparate newsletters. But once in a while, I get lucky. In their July/August issues, The CyberSkeptic's Guide to Internet Research and The Information Advisor (IA) feature...
Zoho: Simplifying Enterprise Interaction
When it comes to keeping the lines of communication open in an enterprise, Zoho has spent years perfecting the process. Zoho Corp. Pvt. Ltd. recently rolled out three new tools to add to its portfolio of online business, productivity, and collaboration...
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