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Public Libraries and the Internet 2008-2009: Issues, Implications, and Challenges

This paper presents an overview of methods, findings, issues, and implications from the 2008 Public Libraries and the Internet national survey, including comparisons to data from previous studies. Since 1994, these surveys have chronicled the expansion of the Internet as a primary library service. The 2008 survey includes key data about the many facets of public libraries as community Internet access, training, and service centers, from the number of workstations and connection speeds available to the most common Internet services and training. The findings from the 2008 survey reveal impacts of the global recession on public libraries and their ability to meet the needs and expectations of patrons, communities, and all levels of government.
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Strategy on European data infrastructure is completed - calling for broad-scale collaboration on data management

The strategy for European Data Infrastructure targets to complement to the work that is carried out by several other initiatives. One of the most visible European collaborations is Alliance for Permanent Access (APA). This white paper provides a good overview of the unmet needs and current situation in Europe. It will be a good starting point for designing concrete actions and joint activities.
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Making Enterprise Content Governance a reality

When it comes to structured data, recognition of the need for quality and effective management is growing steadily. Tools to support quality and management activities are becoming more widely available. But as board-level interest in unstructured content rises, those responsible for it are feeling the heat. From technical architects, to information managers, CIOs, web managers and brand managers, all are now trying to figure out how to make unstructured content a strategic business asset like its structured cousin.
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Access by UK small and medium-sized enterprises to professional and academic information

This report explores issues around levels of access to research journals by SMEs, drawing on three sources: a literature review and primary data from an online survey, supported by qualitative interviews. There are 4.7 million SMEs in the UK representing 99.9% of all firms and responsible for 59% of private sector employment. The study was designed not just to look at SME use of journals literature in isolation but to put this into context by examining how important this information was to the company, both in itself and also in comparison to other kinds of information, and also how often SMEs made use of the information and how they obtained it.
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Tracking Social Engagement with Content

Information discovery is seen to be shifting away from search engines to social applications. The rapid rise of social media and social networks as primary sources of news and information is now well recognized. Mainstream media is scrambling to establish online publishing presences to try to retain audience and market share. The web has become a very fragmented place. While the social media universe is clearly powerful, it isn't well understood.
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