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FreePint 10th June 2010


My Favourite Tipples

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FUMSI Features

  • Real-Time Monitoring: Tools and Trends to Watch
  • Part 1: 'Retreading', not Reinventing, the Wheel: How info pros repurpose content for increased efficiency and visibility

VIP Features

  • People power - BiomedExperts and three major social sites reviewed
  • Recent postings to the LiveWire
  • Recent postings to the Wire

Jinfo - Jobs and Events

Jobs in Information:

  • Researcher
  • Academic Liaison and Research Subject Librarian
  • Senior Knowledge Manager (Legal) - JERSEY

Events in Information:

  • Copyright compliance: practical steps to stay within the law
  • AHIS Conference
  • SLA's Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO 2010

Highlights from DocuTicker

  • Public Pension Crisis Threatens to Bankrupt California
  • 'Income of the Elderly Population Age 65 and Over, 2008,' and 'Examination of the Short-term Impact of the COBRA Premium Subsidy and Characteristics of the COBRA Population'

Highlights from ResourceShelf

  • European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions


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By Robin Neidorf

Robin NeidorfAs I write this, we're putting the finishing touches on our plans for exhibiting at the SLA annual conference in New Orleans. The print order has been delivered, the schedule of meetings is filling up, and we're getting more and more excited to see customers, contributors, and friends. For the third year in a row, we'll be publishing the FreePint SLA Special Report, featuring commentary from delegates. Take a minute now to register your interest. If you'll be attending, we'll remind you to contribute to the report. And if you can't make it this year, you can still tap the energy through our unique, on-the-ground coverage. Register (free) now »

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  • Budgets seem to be stabilising compared, but we're not seeing a bounce-back to pre-2009 levels
  • The ability of a purchase to make a measurable impact on an organisation is the toughest challenge content purchasers face internally
  • Unique content is the most important factor in selecting pay-per-use or free resources

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 My Favourite Tipples

Michelle Manafy

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By Michelle Manafy

  • Fierce Content Management
    Ron Miller goes well beyond technology covers the issues of managing content as well as many of the ancillary issues that content buyers and sellers face in this rapidly moving space.

  • Pew Internet & American Life Project
    Okay, I betray my US-centrism with this one, but Pew continuously provides research and analysis of the emerging and essential issues regarding the digital content space.

  • Portals and KM Bill Ives' blog covers enterprise 2.0 tools and strategies, without hype and with practical and philosophical insights.

  • Stephen's Lighthouse
    If I need insights or inspiration into the library industry trends and innovation in this perspective of the industry, I turn to Stephen Abram. Opinionated, edgy, and always interesting.

  • Brynn Marie Evans
    I have to throw in a wildcard here: Brynn is one to watch. This young woman has an uncanny knack for understanding and expressing how social-in a digital context-is impacting every aspect of business.

Michelle Manafy is the Editorial Director, Enterprise Group, for Information Today, Inc. In this role, Michelle serves as Editor-in-chief for EContent magazine and the Intranets newsletter. She is also the programming chair of Information Today's Enterprise Search Summits and the Buying & Selling eContent Conference.

Prior to joining EContent as Editor, she served as Associate Editor of EMedia magazine where she specialized in author acquisitions and editorial development. Michelle has written on a variety of technology topics including digital publishing, content development and distribution, streaming media, and audio, video, and storage technologies. Follow Michelle on Twitter @michellemanafy.

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  • [FreePint] Report: Buying Patterns Research
    The FreePint Report: Buying Patterns Research is being readied for publication, and the results provide a great deal of insight into the challenges and pressures on the desks of information professionals today. 226 respondents provided insight into the information structure at their organisations, who has input into their content budgets, what challenges they face when making the case for content purchases, and what resources they turn to for pay-per-use and free information as part of their range of sources.
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  • [FUMSI] Latest popular articles
    The following are the most popular FUMSI articles over the last 30 days: * Next generation catalogues, discovery interfaces and their role in helping meet changing user needs * The Greening of a Business: Beyond the Bottom Line * Writing for the public domain * Presentation Tools: Beyond Powerpoint * An InfoRant on the State of Information Management Today Free uses of FUMSI articles are supported by our sponsors.
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  • [RS] Resource of the Week: Eurofound
    European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) Eurofound is an official European Union (EU) body which defines its role as a provider of "information, advice and expertise - on living and working conditions, industrial relations and managing change in Europe - for key actors in the field of EU social policy on the basis of comparative information, research and analysis." It will quickly be seen that this statement potentially covers an enormous amount of ground, and in fact this potential is realised. This is to the advantage of researchers, as Eurofound is a site from which it is possible to glean a great deal of information on social and economic life, both regionally and for individual countries.
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  • [FreePint] Beyond the Book podcast
    A new podcast interview on copyright policies and practices has been posted by the Copyright Clearance Center. CCC were a sponsor of the FreePint Report: Copyright Policies and Practices. In the interview, I discuss several of the key findings from the research.
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 FUMSI Features

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

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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:

Real-Time Monitoring: Tools and Trends to Watch

Heather NegleyBy Heather Negley

The growth in real-time data has led to new ways to manipulate, synthesise and distil information very quickly. From tools for disease surveillance to heat maps for tracking trends in the stock market, the number of ways for information professionals to tap into this data is increasing with all the major players vying for position in this market.

WHAT'S INSIDE: 'The growth of real-time tools such as Twitter has led to the emergence of trend and hyper-local tools which use this new ability to manipulate, synthesise and distil information very quickly. Whether you are browsing or searching for a piece for information, the extra dimension of time has added a new way to dissect information making the research process itself more dynamic.'

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Part 1: 'Retreading', not Reinventing, the Wheel: How info pros repurpose content for increased efficiency and visibility

Scott BrownBy Scott Brown

Working efficiently and adding value are core skills for information professionals in these cash-strapped times, so Scott Brown's tips on repurposing, reusing and generally recycling information provide some very useful ways of honing our skills.

WHAT'S INSIDE: 'Librarians and information professionals working in corporate settings share simple yet innovative ways to reuse and extend the value of their work - their notes, presentations, marketing and research.'

Read, print, save or forward this article now »


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VIP issue 78People power - BiomedExperts and three major social sites reviewed in May's VIP

Don't be put off by the name when exploring the free-to-use BiomedExperts, warns Joanna Ptolomey; it's all about people and the return on connections that that can bring - a niche product with mass appeal. Its value and richness is appropriate to many stakeholders, including the business sector - aiding workflow processes, promoting business and economic growth and revealing inward investment possibilities. In an almost clean bill of health, it was only the shortcomings in help and support that let this impressive resource down.

And in what has to be one of the most thorough and comprehensive assessments of social networking sites for business undertaken to date, Penny Crossland pitches LinkedIn, Jigsaw and ZoomInfo against one another. LinkedIn is so robust and sophisticated that it's easy to forget that the data is subjective, based on user-generated input, she concludes; Jigsaw is worth subscribing to for the contact details it provides of directors of hard-to-find small and medium sized companies; and ZoomInfo offers information professionals a useful one-stop search tool for both companies and individuals. But they all have drawbacks too: LinkedIn's filters need to become smarter if search results are to be meaningful, Jigsaw's European coverage is poor, and ZoomInfo's data by its nature can't be accurate enough for business researchers and needs to be used with 'certain provisos'.

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

Recent VIP Wire announcements...

  • J. J. Keller's Webb Shaw to moderate first-ever SLA roundtable discussion
    SLA Rising Stars and SLA Fellows will share their collective insights on hot topics at the 2010 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO. Neenah, WI - Webb Shaw, Director of Editorial Resources at J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. will moderate the first-ever SLA Rising Stars/SLA Fellows Roundtable, in which both experienced information professionals and newer practitioners will discuss hot topics in the industry, ranging from the attributes you need in today's tough job market to making the case for an info pro's ROI.
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  • PebblePad wins renowned international award
    Pebble Learning and the University of Wolverhampton have won a prestigious international elearning award; an international panel of judges selected online personal learning system PebblePad for a Platinum Award for Global Learning Excellence - the highest available - at the IMS Global Learning Impact Awards held in Long Beach, California in May 2010.
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  • ISI DealWatch releases League Tables
    Buenos Aires, May 28, 2010 - According to the DealWatch database from ISI Emerging Markets, Citigroup Inc. was the top M&A financial adviser on the Latin American market in the first quarter of 2010, having participated in deals with a combined value of to USD 9,768mn. Citigroup Inc. also ranked first in the number of deals in the period January through March.
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 Jinfo - Jobs and Events in Information

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  • Academic Liaison and Research Subject Librarian
    Calling all Arts Librarians - 6 months FTC role available at London university in academic liaison librarian...
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  • Senior Knowledge Manager (Legal) - JERSEY
    Experienced Legal Knowledge Manager for newly created position to work in Jersey and benefit from low taxation.
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    Country: Jersey

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  • Copyright compliance: practical steps to stay within the law
    Ensure your organisation's copying activities are copyright compliant with this one-day course.
    Organiser: CILIP
    Date: 29 June 2010
    Country: United Kingdom

  • SLA's Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO 2010
    SLA's 2010 leading-edge conference for information professionals from around the globe for networking and learning opportunities!
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    Date: 13-16 Jun 2010
    Country: United States

  • AHIS Conference
    AHIS - Animal Health Information Specialists (UK & Ireland) Conference
    Organiser: Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
    Date: 22 Jul 2010
    Country: United Kingdom

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 Highlights from ResourceShelf

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Resource of the Week - European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound)

Eurofound is an official European Union (EU) body which defines its role as a provider of "information, advice and expertise - on living and working conditions, industrial relations and managing change in Europe - for key actors in the field of EU social policy on the basis of comparative information, research and analysis." It will quickly be seen that this statement potentially covers an enormous amount of ground, and in fact this potential is realised. This is to the advantage of researchers, as Eurofound is a site from which it is possible to glean a great deal of information on social and economic life, both regionally and for individual countries.

Eurofound is in fact an umbrella name for the work of three related bodies, EIRO (European Industrial Relations Observatory); EMCC (European Monitoring Centre on Change); and EWCO (European Working Conditions Observatory). Tabs for their individual sites are conveniently provided on the Eurofound homepage - a helpful way into information and the latest findings on particular spheres of social or working life.

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