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2009-08-10 11:30:00

PHILADELPHIA and LONDON, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Thomson Reuters today announced that the South Dakota Board of Regents has chosen to provide ISI Web of Knowledge, the world's largest citation environment of the highest quality scholarly literature, to its six-campus university system for the next five years. The new contract calls for expanding access to arts and humanities databases in addition to continuing use of science and social science databases. Web of Science -- which provides...

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2009-07-25 13:45:59

Google's book scanning project is already facing anti-trust criticism and awaiting court approval, and now it has also raised concerns amongst privacy advocates and civil liberties groups. Eric Schmidt, Google's chief executive, said on Thursday the groups expressed "grave concern" that the Google Book Search project was "leaving the crucial component of reader privacy behind." "Increasing access to books is a very important mission that we strongly support, but readers must not be forced to...

2009-07-10 12:22:00

CAPE CORAL, Fla., July 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Unlimited Priorities Corporation, a company specializing in support for organizations within the information industry, has announced the sale of AgeLine, an online bibliographic database produced by AARP and focused on the subject of aging and middle-aged and older adults, to EBSCO Publishing. Unlimited Priorities initiated the transaction, helped manage the process, assisted in the negotiations and acted as the exclusive strategic and financial...

2009-07-08 08:00:00

NEW YORK, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Information Overload Awareness Day, a new workplace observance that calls attention to the problem of information overload and how it impacts both individuals and organizations, will take place on August 12, 2009. Information overload describes an excess of information that results in the loss of ability to make decisions, process information, and prioritize tasks. Organizations of all shapes and sizes have already been significantly impacted by it; the...

2009-07-06 09:26:00

ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 6 /PRNewswire/ -- ProQuest is leveraging its extensive research of end-users, librarians and faculty search behaviors to drive the creation of an all-new platform that will redefine the search experience for library users around the world. Available in 2010, the new platform will transform the company's highly-regarded platforms into one unified search experience, providing access to a broad range of resources, content, and services that only ProQuest offers. The...

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2009-07-03 11:40:00

Reports say that U.S. anti-trust regulators are investigating a $125 million deal Google made with book publishers to settle copyright issues. The deal compensates copyright holders and gives Google a percentage of online book sales and advertisements. U.S. Deputy Assistant Attorney General William Cavanaugh said in a letter filed to the New York District Court that the deal "warrants further inquiry."Some fear that the deal might make Google a monopoly for online books."The US has reviewed...

2009-06-22 08:34:00

In first public interview, Michael Healy looks into digital publishing future DANVERS, Mass., June 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In his first public interview, the expected executive director of the Book Rights Registry (BRR) said that, "the involvement of Google in [the publishing] marketplace, and others, is going to be part of the transformational character of [the industry over] the next few years." A month ago, the publishing trade media reported that Michael Healy, who is currently...

2009-06-16 06:45:00

BEIJING, June 16 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Ku6 (www.ku6.com), a leading video website in China, announced today the launch of the "Original Work Members Management System", hoping to better protect the interests of original works and their creators, as well as enhancing copyright management of original videos and standardizing copyright ownership regulations. Ku6's "Original Work Members Management System" focuses on protecting the rights and interests of the original works and their...

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2009-06-02 09:55:00

Google announced on Monday that it intends to begin selling new e-books online sometime this year, as the Web giant appears to be seeking its share of the market currently dominated by Amazon. "We've consistently maintained that we're committed to helping our partners find more ways to make their books accessible and available for purchase," Google spokesman Gabriel Stricker said in a statement on Monday. "By end of this year, we hope to give publisher partners an additional way to sell their...

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2009-05-31 18:50:00

U.S. librarians are facing a growing number of complaints about the books on their shelves these days, records indicate. Written complaints to public and school libraries seeking the removal or restriction of materials rose from 420 in 2007 to 513 in 2008, The (Nashville) Tennessean reported Sunday. The challenges led to 74 books being taken off shelves. The newspaper said the Library Association of America recently issued its list of the 10 most-challenged books of last year. Among them was...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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