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Symposium on Economics of Sustaining Digital Information

Received this information from an OCLC Press Release:

Blue Ribbon Task Force to Host Symposium on Economics of Sustaining Digital Information

Government, Industry, Academic Leaders Featured in Public “Conversation”
April 1, 2010 in Washington, D.C.

The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access (BRTF-SDPA) will hold a one-day symposium convening a diverse group of speakers from the academic, private, and public sectors to discuss one of the most pressing issues of the Information Age: identifying practical solutions to the economic challenges of preserving today’s deluge of digital data.

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New articles of interest

Institutional Subscriptions to Google Books with Advertising? Google Won’t Rule It Out – 10/12/2009 – Library Journal

NY Times – Does the brain like e-books?

Why e-books are getting hotter and hotter

Ebook Accessibility Issues Trouble OverDrive and Adobe – 10/14/2009 – Library Journal

E helping to reduce book-sales decline

US Library of Congress’ Digital Collection Among World’s Largest

Webinar on the Google Book Settlement next week

The Copyright Clearance Center is sponsoring a webinar on April 14th called, The Authors Guild, AAP, Google Settlement: What Authors & Publishers Need to Know as May 5th Approaches. More info here.

Details include:

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 12:00 pm
Eastern Daylight Time (GMT -04:00, New York)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 5:00 pm
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Reference Extract – the answer to a credible search engine?

OCLC, the University of Washington, and Syracuse University are working together to create a “credible” search engine, one that offers results with preference to sites selected by librarians.

According to the press release, “Reference Extract is envisioned as a Web search experience similar to those provided by the world’s most popular search engines. However, unlike other search engines, Reference Extract will be built for maximum credibility of search results by relying on the expertise of librarians. Users will enter a search term and receive results weighted toward sites most often used by librarians at institutions such as the Library of Congress, the University of Washington, the State Library of Maryland, and over 2,000 other libraries worldwide.”

I think this is a fabulous idea, despite what others might think about potential librarian bias, and hope these groups take this idea a few steps further.  Wouldn’t it be great if publishers, data aggregators, and libraries who maintain scholarly content could populate this engine with data from invisible web sources – like catalogs, databases, eBook platforms.  We could bridge the google gap and offer our patrons a true scholarly search engine.  Information industry vendors could advertise, link resolvers could be inserted based on general IP of the user, and librarians across the world could band together to offer a real time chat service on the engine.  Think of the money this could save us on metasearch tools! I know, dream on.�

Free Access to ebrary’s Library Center for one year

In support of U.S. National Library Week, April 13 to 19, 2008, ebrary is offering librarians, students and faculty in library science and related programs complimentary access to Library Center for one year.

The Library Center includes more than 85 full-text e-books covering topics such as digital library development, general collection development, and the history of libraries and librarianship, as well as illustrated guides from the U.S. Library of Congress.

To receive complimentary access, students, faculty, and librarians may register at http://www.responsetrack.net/lnk/surveymonkey849667/?146V20BFLDY.