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Articles from Vol. 32, No. 5, June

An Internet-Fueled Illusion
The thing about quotes on the internet is that you cannot confirm their validity. --Abraham Lincoln, 1864 If you've been an information professional for any length of time, someone has probably said to you something like this, "You're so smart....
Bloomberg Outage Could Open Doors to Alternatives
It does not take much to send financial markets up or down. A report from the Federal Reserve, a release of consumer data, a jobs report, political news, or even weather reports (such as a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico) can result in a jump or fall...
Create a Custom Online Magazine with Flipboard
Flipboard's tagline is "YOUR PERSONAL MAGAZINE." It lets you "find, follow and flip stories that change your world." That means you can collect articles, photos, and videos from the web, and you can quickly and easily organize this content into your...
Digital Divide Data: Content Conversion for Libraries
Digital Divide Data (DDD) was started in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with a single project: to digitize Harvard University's student newspaper, The Harvard Crimson. Fourteen years after it began, DDD has become the largest technology-related employer in...
DPLAfest Races to Indianapolis
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) held its second DPLAfest April 17-18, 2015, in Indianapolis. It attracted more than 300 people who were eager to talk about the future possibilities for the DPLA and work on solving existing problems and...
Fact Sites: New Apps from Old Media
It's no secret that "legacy" news providers--those from the print age--are struggling. The digital age has dealt them a crushing blow: decreased revenue from both circulation and ads. Newspapers, from the smallest small-town weeklies to the great national...
Flying High and Falling Low
Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! No! It's Superman!" So began every episode of the ancient Superman television show, with images of an awestruck crowd staring upward. Back in the days when I watched this opening with the zealous faith...
Globaloutlook Conferences around the World
JUNE8-10: Colombo, Sri Lanka (Galadari Hotel). The first International Conference on Data and Communication for Science, Technology and Society (ICDCS 2015) will offer tracks on topics such as data processing and its technical features; e-communities,...
Google, Success, and the European Union
I just ran a quick search for Google on Google News. With 110 million hits (in 0.16 seconds), Google is a popular news topic in all respects. The big stories of the day were the launch of Google's new wireless service--which is described in one report...
Hear, Hear
* The American Library Association (ALA) will present James G. Neal (university librairan emeritus at Columbia University Libraries/Information Services) with the 2015 Joseph W. Lippincott Award for his leadership at Columbia, OCLC board membership,...
How to Become a Law Librarian in Four Easy Lessons
Occasionally--say, every other time Halley's Comet appears--someone will say to me, "Man, being a law librarian looks pretty sweet! How can I get in on that action? Do you need a law degree? What other training is helpful? What are some books and blogs...
Innovative: Upgrading Library Services
The first major update of Innovative's ILS/library service platform Sierra was put into general release in April, containing more than 60 enhancements to the previous iteration. Sierra 2.0 is a free upgrade for users of Sierra and offers a number of...
Lending, Buying, and Giving Away Ebooks
Judges at the European Union's (EU) highest court have a treat in store: They've been asked to rule on whether ebook rightsholders may be remunerated via the Public Lending Right (PLR) regime. The matter was recently referred to the European Court...
Lexis for Microsoft Office: A Single Interface for Analyzing Legal Documents
Switching between applications while working with legal documents can be a hassle. With Lexis for Microsoft Office, legal professionals can draft and review content from inside Outlook and Word--saving them time and frustration during the research...
Librarians Supporting Health
Health Sciences Librarianship Edited by M. Sandra Wood Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, in cooperation with the Medical Library Association, 2014 ISBN: 978-0810888135 472 pages; $75, softcover [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Everyone...
Locked in, Locked Out
When I hear the word "lockout," what comes to mind are labor disputes, including those involving Teamsters and pro sports teams. However, two articles in the Searcher's Voice section of the May/June issue of Online Searcher talk about locking out from...
News Bytes
* The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) launched Common Heritage, a new grant program for collecting and digitizing historical records and artifacts currently hidden in family homes across the country and making them publicly available. Historical...
On the Move
* Mark Allin, Wiley's COO and EVP of professional development, took the place of retiring president and CEO Stephen M. Smith on June 1, 2015. Allin founded Capstone Publishing, which was acquired by Wiley in 2000. He was managing director of Wiley Asia...
Product News
* Nature Publishing Group (NPG) launched Nature Reviews Disease Primers (NRDP), an online-only, peer-reviewed journal that features a new format for NPG publications-NRDP will contain review articles called Primers that have overviews of diseases and...
Public Libraries Embrace Self-Publishing Services
For authors who want to self-publish their books, the public library may be the best place to find services that can help. One such place is the Seattle Public Library (SPL), which offers a variety of self-publishing initiatives. David Christensen,...
The Dangers of Data Age Discrimination
As the digital and physical worlds converge, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) promises a jump forward in predictive maintenance as well as billions in cost-savings through petabytes of sensor-generated telemetry data coming off of industrial...
The Past and Future at ARCS
Amplify and assess were two words that characterized the commentary heard at the inaugural Advancing Research Communication & Scholarship (ARCS) conference, held April 26-28, 2015, in Philadelphia. Approximately 180 attendees (scientists, humanists,...
When Employees Need More Information
In many organizations, the gold standard for search is Google. Not surprisingly, when users of an enterprise search system are asked what they require, the answer usually is, "a system that works just like Google." Web search and enterprise search...
WORDS at WORK
You might be a cyberslacker if you bought those cute shoes online during work time.AAA server (pronounced triple A server): A computer system that provides three essential components of a secure online financial transaction: 1) authentication, 2) authorization,...
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