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FreePint 25th March 2010


My Favourite Tipples

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FUMSI Features

  • Social Networks in Research: Friend or Foe?
  • Life is Tweet: Social Media at Orkney Library & Archive

VIP Features

  • Get to know VIP
  • Recent postings to the LiveWire
  • Recent postings to the Wire

Jinfo - Jobs and Events

Jobs in Information:

  • Coordinator, Learning Enhancement Center
  • Information Specialist
  • Knowledge and Research Manager
  • Information & Membership Officer
  • more ...

Events in Information:

  • Working in a Wired World
  • ICI-1 Competitive Intelligence Basics Workshop
  • SLA's Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO 2010

Highlights from DocuTicker

  • CRS - Alien Legalization and Adjustment of Status: A Primer
  • CRS - Legislative Options After Citizens United v. FEC: Constitutional and Legal Issues

Highlights from ResourceShelf

  • Sources for Finding Mandated Reports to Congress by U.S. Federal Agencies


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By Robin Neidorf

Robin NeidorfSpring is finally emerging in the northern hemisphere. In the FreePint garden, we're delighted to see the latest new shoot emerge: The FreePint Report: Copyright Policies and Practices, now published and available to order online. Over 500 respondents shared their opinions and perspectives on how their organisations are managing the risks associated with copyright, as well as how they themselves are interacting with copyright-protected content. Editorial comment from project sponsors Copyright Clearance Center, Dialog, Dow Jones and the Financial Times provide a vendor perspective as well. And related commentary from VIP's LiveWire bring our contributing editors' insights to this challenging issue in our industry. We look forward to hearing your comments on this groundbreaking report.

Like any healthy plant, the FreePint Report: Copyright Policies and Practices took a lot of nurturing over many months. As a gardener, I find plenty of other inspiration for a thriving business:

Feed the garden for healthy growthClean it up: You can't make anything new grow when last year's leaves are mouldering on the ground. Take this as a time to tidy up databases, email inboxes, and review your resource collection. A VIP subscription can help you make better decisions about which products will thrive in your collection and which might need to be pruned.

Fertilise: Last year's nutrients are depleted, so feed the garden for healthy growth this year. Professional development can do the same for your career or business -- check out Jinfo Events for the right programme to fill a gap in your knowledge, present new and creative ideas or simply put you in touch with other professionals who can push you to think differently and make something new happen.

Experiment: Every year I try plants that I haven't tried before. Some flourish, and others I chalk up to the learning process. The FUMSI article database is a rich resource of ways to experiment. This issue's featured FUMSI articles offer up fresh thinking on leveraging social media for business objectives. Stewart Bain's case study of using Twitter to promote a library combines strategy, consistency and even humour to spread the word. Ellen Naylor provides a unique approach to successful cold calling by building on leads found in social media.

Transplant: Sometimes the right plant is in the wrong place. Move it to a new location, and suddenly it blooms. If you've found yourself embedded in the wrong landscape, consider the opportunities listed on Jinfo Jobs. Recruiting is on the increase, so search the database, and subscribe to the Jinfo Update for a free weekly notice of the latest opportunities.

Share with the neighbours: Extra seeds and divided plants are a welcome gift next door. Also take the time to share your knowledge: Volunteer to give a talk, participate in a panel discussion... or submit My Favourite Tipples to appear in the FreePint Newsletter or write an article for FUMSI. Learn about all the ways you can contribute.

How can we help your garden grow? Share your tricky questions at the FUMSI Forum -- our editors and entire community are ready to help.

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 My Favourite Tipples

David Paget

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By David Paget

  • UK Business Forums
    Thousands of small business owners networking in real time a great resource for any business

  • Kashflow
    A great easy to use online accounting software site that covers all of the basics and really does make accounting and book-keeping as easy as 123

  • Reuters
    To keep abreast of all the latest business news

  • Small Business
    Great for small business owners looking for any type of information relting to small business issues

  • Business Advice
    Again a great site for business advice in general.

David Paget is small business marketing consultant that has built a free marketing advice site ( He can be contacted at

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The FreePint Bar is shifting its focus, from practitioner questions to serving as a central forum for the latest news, requests, results and resources from across the FreePint Family.

Of course, we all still have tricky questions about how to Find, Use, Manage and Share Information... which you are invited to post at the newly launched FUMSI Forum. There, our contributing editors and community members provide tips, ask and answer questions, and serve up a range of resources that will help you out, no matter how you interact with information.

You can also subscribe to the FUMSI Focus, a free weekly update of the latest posts from the FUMSI Forum

Latest posts at the FreePint Bar:

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    Hi - Have tricky questions on how you Find, Use, Manage and Share Information? Post them at the FUMSI Forum, where our contributing editors are ready to help... as our members of the FUMSI community.

  • [RS] Resource of the Week: Designing Democracy
    1989 was the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. This was but one of the most dramatic of a whole series of breakthroughs by political movements across Central and Eastern Europe which brought down the reigning totalitarian regimes.

  • [FUMSI] Magazine 27: Cold Call Research...
    FUMSI Magazine 27 has been published. In this issue: FIND: For researchers, the wealth of information now available in social networks like LinkedIn and Twitter can be a time saver. But there are some people, and some information, that are truly only accessible via a Web 1.0 mode: cold-calling.

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 FUMSI Features

FUMSIFUMSI publishes articles, tools, and a monthly magazine, to give you practical help with information skills. Visit

However you Find, Use, Manage or Share Information, you'll find something in FUMSI to help.

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We add new articles to the FUMSI database in each practice area every month, which are free to read, browse, email, print or save. Here are the most recent additions:

Social Networks in Research: Friend or Foe?

Ellen NaylorBy Ellen Naylor

For researchers, the wealth of information now available in social networks like LinkedIn and Twitter can be a time saver. But there are some people, and some information, that are truly only accessible via a Web 1.0 mode: cold-calling. Ellen Naylor shares tips on using social media information to warm up the cold call process.

WHAT'S INSIDE: 'Although this wasn't a competitive intelligence project, it reminded me that the same technique often works when you cold call, regardless of the reason. You have to understand why someone would want to talk with you by putting yourself in their shoes.'

Read, print, save or forward this article now »

Life is Tweet: Social Media at Orkney Library & Archive

Stewart BainBy Stewart Bain

In this third of a three-part series of how social media has been implemented in vertical markets, Stewart Bain shares his experience with using Twitter and Facebook for the Orkney Library & Archive. By keeping social media messaging informative, timely, and flexible, the library has found new ways to reach constituents.

WHAT'S INSIDE: 'We always fight against the stereotypical image of libraries as stuffy places, frequented by intellectuals, where you have to be quiet. Social media is a great way of doing this.'

Read, print, save or forward this article now »


The latest recommendations and tips from our editors, contributors and community:

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FUMSI - Forthcoming Topics

  • Alternatives to PowerPoint
  • Finding content within the enterprise
  • Document management
  • Semantic library catalogues

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 VIP Features

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Most Read Postings on the LiveWire Recently...

  • Revolution or evolution in legal research?
    The New York Times reported this week that Westlaw and LexisNexis are both introducing sweeping changes to their legal search services, in a bid to make it easier and faster for users to find the information they need.
    Read the full story at:

  • Workflows - the issue of 'integgregation'
    For those of us whose daily bread involves searching for and analysing snippets of business information, it is easy to forget that for the large proportion of information professionals employed in the scientific and medical sectors, the traditional library function of retrieving and disseminating entire documents remains an important part of their responsibilities.
    Read the full story at:

  • Workflows - managing information chaos
    This week's Content Workflow event in Frankfurt saw some thought-provoking presentations on the issue of online access to documents.
    Read the full story at:

  • Be 'Fluent', capture the sentiment
    Late last year we saw the arrival of the 'Google Sidewiki' and I pondered the effects on brand reputation for the LiveWire. The reality is that Sidewiki is just one of many tools for measuring sentiments about brands or social influence marketing.
    Read the full story at:

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VIP Wire

Information-related product and news announcements. Post your releases and subscribe to the free VIP Wires Weekly for regular alerts.

Recent VIP Wire announcements...

  • ByWater Solutions Celebrates One Year of Providing Open Source Services to Libraries ByWater Solutions...
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  • Axiell develops world's first mobile application for dual access to library information via iPhone AND Android...
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  • Relieving budget pressures on libraries and information centers can be done year-round rather than during once-a-year budget reviews and is most easily initiated by evaluating external document delivery services and configurations, according to a new white paper by Reprints Desk...
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VIP - Forthcoming Topics

  • Experian UK
  • Russian company information (comparative review)
  • Mergent
  • InfoDesk

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 Jinfo - Jobs and Events in Information

JinfoJinfo is the central location for supporting your information career. The Jinfo Jobs database lists vacancies, and the Jinfo Events database lists workshops, conferences, training, webinars and other professional development opportunities.

Start a free subscription to receive the weekly Jinfo Update, with a complete list of the latest vacancies and events, or search the databases at any time (free).

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Jinfo Jobs:

Here is a selection of the latest featured vacancies in the Jinfo database:

  • Coordinator, Learning Enhancement Center
    The Library & Learning Resources department seeks a Coordinator to develop and deliver services in the Learning Enhancement Center...
    Recruiter: Zayed University
    Country: United Arab Emirates

  • Information Specialist
    Immediate permanent vacancy for an Information Specialist with an independent, full-service securities and investment banking firm...
    Recruiter: Jefferies & Co., Inc.
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Knowledge and Research Manager
    Contribute in knowledge management, project development, progress monitoring and budget control of R&D projects...
    Recruiter: Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Information & Membership Officer
    Maternity leave from June 2010, provide accurate information to members via website...
    Recruiter: One East Midlands
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Research/Database Manager
    Main responsibilities will be the creation and provision of a fundraising research strategy and system...
    Recruiter: BoydCaithness Ltd
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Information Manager
    A government body requires an experienced Information Manager to assist their internal customers in...
    Recruiter: TFPL Intelligent Resources
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Business Researcher - 6 month contract
    Library/Information graduate with some research experience for excellent training opportunity in Central London...
    Recruiter: Glen Recruitment
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Assistant Librarian - Hebrew and Jewish Studies
    6 months as Asst Librarian at a university, where you can use your reading knowledge of Hebrew and familiarity with Jewish literature...
    Recruiter: Sue Hill Recruitment and Services Limited
    Country: United Kingdom

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Jinfo Events:

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 Highlights from DocuTicker

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 Highlights from ResourceShelf

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Recently published:

Resource of the Week - Sources for Finding Mandated Reports to Congress by U.S. Federal Agencies

The Law Librarians' Society of Washington, D.C., Inc. (LLSDC) is pleased to announce the availability on its Legislative Source Book Website of a new title called 'Sources for Finding Mandated Reports to Congress by U.S. Federal Agencies'. The site briefly describes and links to sources that list or may make available reports from Federal agencies mandated by Congressional statute. Other matters discussed include where the text of report provisions can be found in the law, who receives the reports, sunsetted report provisions that remain in the U.S. Code, general reporting provisions applicable to most agencies, and other matters.

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