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    October 22nd, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    For Immediate Release
    Contact: Rob Colding
    Information Today, Inc.
    (609) 654-6266, ext. 330

    October 22, 2013, Medford, New Jersey—Information Today, Inc. (ITI) announced the publication, in print and ebook editions, of Personal Archiving:Preserving Our Digital Heritage, edited by Donald T. (Don) Hawkins with a foreword by Brewster Kahle.

    Hawkins explained that while libraries, museums, historical societies, and other cultural institutions have traditionally borne primary responsibility for archiving culturally significant creative works, information, and artifacts, advances in digitization, data storage, and retrieval technologies now allow the average person to build his own robust personal archive. The result has been the emergence of a new breed of archivist who uses low-cost and, in many cases, free digital tools and services to create enduring archives of personal and familial legacy materials—in essence, to preserve his digital heritage.

    In Personal Archiving, Hawkins and 15 expert contributors present the most thorough exploration of the emerging field to date, addressing a range of key topics and innovative projects, including: archiving individual and family histories; new and nascent services and software products; social media and email applications; legal issues including digital inheritance and privacy; evolving formats and media considerations; academic research projects; Library of Congress initiatives; the pioneering role of the Internet Archive; research at Microsoft; and case studies of personal digital archiving in practice.

    “This thorough examination of the world of digital archiving is an excellent resource for anyone, personally or professionally, who is responsible for preserving their personal and collective stories,” said Cherilyn P. Fiory, director of the Upper Dublin (PA) Public Library. “It emphasizes the importance of capturing and preserving our stories and the resulting complications, particularly since the digital realm is so impermanent.”

    “This timely book brings together various approaches to the digitization, collecting, preservation, and presentation of personal archives,” according to Kahle, digital librarian and founder of the Internet Archive. “Excitement is growing as researchers learn from one other and welcome the type of sharing culture that comes before commercial players enter a field. Pioneering user interfaces are being proposed for existing digital collections, and methods are being developed that would collect our digital legacy from websites and services. As new approaches and products emerge in this young and increasingly critical field, we have much to look forward to. Personal Archiving is a great place to begin the journey.”

    Editor Donald T. Hawkins is a writer, blogger, speaker, and long-time information industry observer whose distinguished career included 15 years in the AT&T Bell Laboratories Library Network, where he was honored for his pioneering contributions in end-user searching. He is the author of hundreds of articles and a two-time winner of the UMI/Data Courier Award for excellence in writing.

    Personal Archiving: Preserving Our Digital Heritage (320 pp/softbound/$49.50/ISBN 978-1-57387-480-9) is published by Information Today, Inc. (ITI) and is available wherever quality books and ebooks are sold. For more information, call (800) 300-9868; fax (609) 654-4309; email; or visit the ITI website at

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    October 22nd, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    IPSWICH, Mass. — October 22, 2013 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) announces it is now a member of Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID), an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique and persistent researcher identifiers. ORCID works with the community to embed these identifiers in research workflows and systems to connect researchers with their scholarly activities and contributions.

    EBSCO Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Subscription Services, Robert Schoenvogel says ORCID will have far-reaching effects. “The work being done by ORCID will bring a broad array of people and organizations together and benefits nearly everyone involved in scholarly research. By integrating these unique and persistent identifiers for researchers into EBSCO products, especially the soon to be released Article Publication Charge (APC) management product, we are looking to help improve the experience for authors and publishers and enhance the scientific discovery process.”

    ORCID is the latest group that EBSCO has joined that supports the open exchange of information. EBSCO is also a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), which represents the interests of Open Access (OA) journals publishers.

    About EBSCO Information Services
    EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading provider of resources for libraries including EBSCONET®, EBSCO’s total e-resource management system, and EBSCOhost®, the world's premier for-fee online research service, including full-text databases, subject indexes, point-of-care medical reference, historical digital archives and e-books. EBSCO provides more than 375 research databases and nearly 450,000 e-books plus subscription management services for more than 360,000 unique titles including more than 57,000 online titles. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals and magazines from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). EBSCO is also the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS), which provides each institution with a fast, single search box for its entire collection, offering deeper indexing and more full-text searching of journals and magazines than any other discovery service. For more information, visit the EBSCO Web site at: EBSCO is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.

    About ORCID
    ORCID ( is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing an open registry of unique person identifiers for researchers and scholars, and to working collaboratively with the research community to embed ORCID identifiers in workflows. ORCID identifiers connect researchers and scholars with their contributions by incorporation into the metadata of publications and other works. ORCID was founded in 2010, a product of conversations among publishers, research funders, professional associations, universities, repositories, researchers, and data providers, who together determined that to solve the name ambiguity problem in scholarly and research communication required an organization that represented the entire research community without proprietary interest. ORCID spans sectors, disciplines, organizations, and nations. It is a community-driven effort to implement a standard and persistent representation of an individual contributor’s name, and to link that standard to others, such as document and dataset identifiers, research sample identifiers, grant identifiers, association membership, other person identifiers, and other research activities as determined by the community. Together these linkages support attribution and discoverability across the research and scholarly community.
    For more information, please contact:
    Kathleen McEvoy
    Vice President of Communications
    (800) 653-2726 ext. 2594

    Laurel L, Haak
    Executive Director, ORCID

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    October 22nd, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Amigos Library Services will present a one day online conference “MOOCs, Mobile Technologies - Their Impact on Reference Service” November 7, 2013. The conference will cover a variety of topics, including MOOCs, Copyright, Open Educational Resources, Catalogs, Digital Content, Mobile Technologies, Mobile Reference and Community Reference.

    Presenting in the morning are Kevin Smith and Lauren Fowler who will discuss how copyright impacts instruction in open classrooms. In the afternoon, Joe Murphy will explore the areas of change and challenge from new communication technology as well as the cultural shifts behind the MOOC revolution.

    Concurrent sessions will run throughout the day. Among the scheduled sessions are:

    • Connecting Users with Resources: Facilitating Easy Access, presented by Jenifer Flaxbart and Francesca Giannetti, University of Texas
    • Massively Social & Openly Mobile Reference: Current & Future Tech, presented by Joe Murphy, Library Futures
    • Community Reference: A New Model for Showing Up, Paying Attention, and Staying in Touch with your Community, presented by Elizabeth Kelsen-Huber, Douglas County, Colorado Library
    • We’re Not Your Mother’s Librarians: Techniques and Technologies to Deliver 21st Century Reference Services, presented by Laura Kohl, Bryant University, Rhode Island

    Visit the conference webpage for the complete conference information, including schedule and registration. Early bird registration ends October 24, 2013. If you are unable to attend, recorded sessions are available at a nominal fee.

    About Amigos Library Services - For more than 35 years, Amigos Library Services has helped members obtain affordable services and share library resources and knowledge. Through membership in Amigos, libraries collectively gain access to the latest innovations and services in the library community; pursue opportunities for continuing professional education; leverage buying power; and preserve the regions’ rich cultural heritage.