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New ALA Report Details Economic Trends in Libraries and 2010 Outlook

(ala.org): According to a new report prepared by the American Library Association (ALA), libraries of all types are feeling the pinch of the economic downturn while managing sky-high use. Compiled from a broad range of available sources, The Condition of Libraries: 1999-2009 presents U.S. economic trends (2009), and summarizes trends in public, school and academic libraries across several library measures, including expenditures, staffing and services. The report also highlights trends in services provided to libraries by library cooperatives and consortia.
   
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Ontologies to facilitate revolution in scientific publishing

(ontologyblog.blogspot.com): In an article published in the journal Science authors Allen Renear and Carole Palmer argue that ontologies will facilitate a revolution in scientific publishing whereby scientists will interact increasingly with the literature on a particular topic as whole and less frequently with entire, individual articles. The article entitled Strategic Reading, Ontologies, and the Future of Scientific Publishing, highlights the need for collaborative development of ontologies to ensure interoperability.
   
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Privacy no longer a social norm

The rise of social networking online means that people no longer have an expectation of privacy, according to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Talking at the Crunchie awards in San Francisco this weekend, the 25-year-old chief executive of the world's most popular social network said that he rise of social media reflected changing attitudes among ordinary people, adding that this radical change has happened in just a few years.
   
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Stimulus funding to help search engines learn on the job

(cornell.edu): New research by Thorsten Joachims and Robert Kleinberg, associate and assistant professors of computer science, respectively, aims to create search-engine software that can learn from users by noticing which links they click on in a list of search responses, and how they reformulate their queries when the first results don't pay off. The work is funded by a four-year, $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation under federal stimulus funding, formally known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The research will lead to methods that improve search quality without human guidance, especially on specialized Web sites such as scientific or legal collections or corporate intranets.
   
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The Greater Flexibility of Publishing With E-Books

(publishingandprinting.pricesstop.com): E-books have replaced traditional books that run the whole gamut and range from small poetry chapbooks to full-fledged novels and comprehensive technical manuals. These days, rather than go to paper and ink, everyone from corporate presentation givers to best selling novelists is taking the electronic path to publication. E-books have afforded so much flexibility to the publishing process that they have practically unlimited applications and uses, and it seems that they are just getting started in terms of their power to promote writers of all kinds and every conceivable genre.
   
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