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Handheld E-Book Readers and Scholarship: Report and Reader Survey

(humanitiesebook.org): This report describes a conversion experiment and subsequent reader survey conducted by ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) in late 2009 and early 2010 to assess the viability of using scholarly monographs with handheld e-readers. Scholarly content generally involves extensive networking and cross-referencing between individual works through various channels, including bibliographical citation and subsequent analysis and discussion. Through past experience with its online collection, HEB had already determined that a web-based platform lends itself well to presenting this type of material, but was interested in exploring which key elements would need to be replicated in the handheld edition in order to maintain the same level of functionality, as well as what specific factors from either print or digital publishing would have to be taken into account.
   
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Podcasts in the Archives: Archiving Podcasting Content at the University of Michigan

(archivists.org): Podcasts in the Archives: Archiving Podcasting Content at the University of Michigan is one of the Campus Case Studies published on the SAA portal. This case study examines the challenges involved in developing best practices and workflows for archiving and preserving podcasting content created by the University of Michigan. One major issue involved establishing standards of practice for ingest, storage, and access, especially the generation and storage of appropriate descriptive, technical, and preservation metadata.
   
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Social Networking Apps Pose Surprising Security Challenges

(mcafee.com): Although Web 2.0 may be a buzzword we all love to hate, media-rich web applications that allow information sharing among users are here to stay and growing in popularity. As social networking applications continue to evolve, new security challenges will arise. Meanwhile, privacy will decrease as apps request more information and mashups threaten to reveal too much about us. The great flexibility and long reach of social platforms require that we remain more vigilant than ever to protect ourselves.
   
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Intelligence, Intuition and Information

(thomsonreuters.com): The paper cites exponential increases in the volume, frequency and variety of data as a critical risk factor in decision-making, especially in time sensitive situations. When data pours in by the millisecond and the mountain of information builds continuously, professionals inevitably cut corners and go with their 'gut' when making decisions that can impact financial markets, medical treatments or any number of time sensitive matters. To that end, many government regulators have flagged increased financial risk-taking, which can be traced in some degree to imperfectly managed data, as a contributor to the recent financial crisis.
   
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The Fatal First Click: How do we hook them once we've got them to look?

(ifla.org): As the age of electronic information matures, library websites have emerged as primary service points that inform users of the services and resources available to them. Regardless of how rich the resources, how pleasing the graphic design, how easy the navigation, and how actively librarians promote the use of the website, the truth is that the majority of library websites serve simply as link providers, many of which are accompanied by explanatory text. In this paper, we will present a proof of concept that we can use to proactively entice and inform users about services and resources selected to meet their individual information needs. The proof of concept is built using information and tools that are readily available to any library. We will showcase examples of electronically mediated services with differing levels of ease of implementation.
   
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