In 2015, OCLC announced that WorldCat Discovery Services would replace FirstSearch at the end of the calendar year. The Discovery interface, similar to Open WorldCat, features a revamped design, faceted results, and improved listings of related editions and formats. However, it lacks a few advanced search functions available via the FirstSearch version. In response to complaints about these missing options, the retirement date for FirstSearch was extended to 2016. This week it was announced that FirstSearch would continue into 2017, while work is done building a new platform to support full-featured searching. Since Worldcat Discovery will apparently also be enhanced with new capabilities, OCLC's prolonged development cycle and plans to maintain two product lines seem confounding.
Let’s not lose sight of the fact that we’ve lost another “content-neutral” discovery vendor as a result of this acquisition. That’s not a good thing for libraries, although most librarians ignore this reality. In the end, I believe they’ll regret doing so. We’ve had yet another check-and-balance removed from our supply chain. This post explains why content neutrality is so important and why that loss carries a potentially high price for libraries. So, in this regard, this is not good news.
A decade or so ago, ISI's EndNote bought out most of the competition, practically obtaining a monopoly on the reference manager business. In the early Library 2.0 boom, web-based products like Zotero and CSA's RefWorks became the norm. Thomson Reuters played catch up by introducing EndNote Web, and NoodleBib and other adware/freemium clones cropped up in what is now again a crowded marketplace.
Article about book bindery in Utica, Nebraska.
Excerpt: Houchen has acquired 14 regional book binderies over the years, keeping a small bindery of five employees in St. Louis and bringing the rest of the work to Utica. They've expanded the Utica facility from 15,000 square feet when the Osbornes bought it to 40,000 square feet today. Their customer base has grown, too, from two states to 21, covering the middle third of the United States.
This week's program deals with Wikipedia hoaxing, an Internet icon, and a miscellany of brief items.
- The Daily Mail: The war that never was: Most elaborate Wikipedia hoax ever as 4,500 word article on 'Bicholim Conflict' - a fictitious fight for Goan independence - fooled site for FIVE YEARS
- Yahoo News: War is over: Imaginary ‘Bicholim Conflict’ page removed from Wikipedia after five years
- PC World: Fake Wikipedia entry on Bicholim Conflict finally deleted after five years
- The Register: Anger grows over the death of Aaron Swartz -- Internet prodigy hounded to suicide claims family
- Althouse: "Prosecutor as bully."
- Threat Level: Aaron Swartz, Coder and Activist, Dead at 26
- EFF Deeplinks: Farewell to Aaron Swartz, an Extraordinary Hacker and Activist
- Reuters: Internet activist, programmer Aaron Swartz dead at 26
- BoingBoing: RIP, Aaron Swartz
- PCMag.com: Family of Aaron Swartz Blames U.S. Attorney's Office in Statement
- Legal Insurrection: Sad irony in Aaron Swartz case
- Patterico's Pontifications: EXCLUSIVE: Attorney for Aaron Swartz: Prosecutors’ Arguments Were “Disingenuous and Contrived”
- New York Times: Failing to Close the ‘Digital Divide’
- It's Not About the Books: Mission creep – a 3D printer will not save your library
- PCMag.com: FCC Chairman Wants to Ease Wi-Fi Congestion
- The Verge: JSTOR begins offering free yet limited access to its online academic library
- Public Libraries News: Discovery, warmth, knowledge, dreams, welcoming … what’s your five words to describe public libraries?
- Voices for the Library: Concern over loss of Arts Council England Libraries post
- Megan McCardle: Is Barnes and Noble Next?
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