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2010-01-06 14:02:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Writers Union, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have written to their author peers in Congress, seeking their support in encouraging the Department of Justice to continue its opposition to the Google Books Settlement. The Google Books Settlement is being negotiated between Google and several parties that sued it in 2007 for copyright infringement. Among those...

2009-12-30 16:44:00

SEATTLE, Dec. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Serials Solutions today announced the launch of the new and improved 360 Search federated search service. The new service combines the best features of the Serials Solutions 360 Search and WebFeat platforms with new and improved capabilities that give users the power to control their search and librarians the power to deliver the best results. "The recent acquisition of WebFeat by Serials Solutions changed the federated search market," says Rob Mercer,...

2009-12-28 11:20:00

Internet hulk Google is being sued by the provocative Chinese author Mian Mian for an alleged violation of copyright laws, her lawyer announced on Monday. In the first civil lawsuit to be leveled against Google in China, the case is bound to draw even more negative press to the Web giant's already controversial plans for a massive Web-based digital library. Mian's attorney, Sun Jinwei, told AFP reporters that the case will open on Tuesday in Beijing. "Tomorrow afternoon at the Haidian court,...

2009-12-21 12:30:00

In a controversial effort to digitize the world's books, Google is set to start scanning Europe's cultural treasures -- starting in France, where the U.S. giant got a digital foothold this week, AFP reported. Patrick Bazin, the director of the Municipal Library of Lyon, said the Internet search giant began peeling open the pages of half a million books from the library on Monday and is contracted to scan them within 10 years. The French government will spend over one billion dollars (750...

2009-12-18 15:50:00

A coalition of U.S. library associations has organized itself in a collective effort to force Google to keep access to its in-the-works digital library cheap.  The library collective has already petitioned the federal Justice Department to monitor the project's development and ensure that the Internet giant doesn't charge too much for institutional subscriptions. Together, the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries and the Association of Research...

2009-12-03 09:00:00

One of Ten Librarians Honored Nationally GEORGETOWN, S.C., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- South Carolina's first winner of the "I Love My Librarian Award" presented annually by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and by the New York Times to only 10 librarians nationally is Georgetown County Library Director Dwight McInvaill. "This award honors the significant relationship between library users and librarians. It also recognizes these 10 librarians for the notable impact they have on...

2009-12-01 09:30:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Ovid, part of Wolters Kluwer Health and a global leader in the development and delivery of customizable electronic research information for the medical, scientific and academic markets, will be showcasing recent enhancements to Ovid Universal Search, our first-to-market cross-platform search solution, and the implementation of a new psychology lexicon, based on the American Psychological Association's (APA's) Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms, at...

2009-11-30 09:18:00

NEW YORK, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of ongoing efforts to strengthen its presence in China's healthcare information market, Ovid, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health and a global leader in electronic scientific, medical, and academic information research solutions, is pleased to announce an agreement with Neural Regeneration Research (NRR), an English-language monthly journal dedicated to presenting peer-reviewed, evidence-based scholarly research in stem cells and regeneration. NRR will...

2009-11-26 14:18:04

For the first time guidelines are to be published on how broadcasters around the world can encourage audiences to produce better quality user-generated content and to improve media and information literacy. The new guidelines will also enable the public to become more media and information literate. Abdul Waheed Khan, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, UNESCO said of the guidelines launched today: "UNESCO and CBA joined forces to encourage broadcasters, particularly...

2009-11-15 06:30:00

Google, along with U.S. authors and publishers, submitted a revised settlement to a federal judge in New York on Friday in hopes of resolving the antitrust and copyright concerns of the U.S. Justice Department and some overseas governments. The 370-page modified agreement comes just two months after the Justice Department objected to Google's original settlement with authors and publishers, saying it would harm the market for electronic books.  If the amended settlement is approved, it...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'