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Information Today, Inc. Announces New Publication, Online Searcher: Information Discovery, Technology, Strategies

I wanted to let our readers know that ITI will be launching a new publication on January 2013, entitled, Online Searcher: Information Discovery, Technology, Strategies. The semi-monthly publication combines two prestigious titles, ONLINE and Searcher, into one journal. Online Searcher will feature articles written by practitioner experts as well as columns by knowledgeable information professionals. Marydee Ojala is the editor-in-chief andBarbara Quint is the senior editor.

Online Searcher will provide current and new subscribers with the information they need to effectively manage online research projects, conduct successful searches, determine the utility of the latest technologies, assess the worth of new resources, avoid platform pitfalls, and create services to boost value.

According to editor-in-chief Marydee Ojala, “As a practitioner-written publication, we provide a real-world perspective. Online Searcher, with its expanded coverage, strengthens the publication and makes it even more relevant to librarians, information professionals, and the information industry.”

To acknowledge the important role Searcher has played over the past 20 years, Information Today, Inc. will make the December 2012 issue free of charge at the Searcher website.

Online Searcher will retain the volume numbering of ONLINE, with 2013 being volume 37. The ISSN will change to 2324-9684. For the editorial calendar, advertising rates, and subscription information, visit the website.

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A New Vehicle for Self-Publishing

UContent’s chapter on Project Gutenberg (aka PG) focused on the procedure the user must follow to contribute content to Gutenberg’s large depository of works in the public domain (PG now holds 40,000 titles including free eBooks for Kindle). The contributed content, however, is rarely the original work of the contributor.

Barbara Quint recently reported PG has expanded its role, and launched its portal for user-generated content (self-published works). PG’s “Self-Publishing Portal” went public on July 4, 2012.

Self-published authors are able to upload their works as PDFs (or MP3s for spoken word), and share them. Moreover, authors retain all rights (e.g., they may withdraw their works if, for instance, a commercial publisher takes an interest) and, of course, true to PG’s generous mission, the authors can use the Portal for free. On July 20 the Portal held 693 works, and as of August 16, 2012 it contains 768 books. That is an 11% increase in one month.  In light of this, the pundits writing for Advertising Age and The Daily Beast, who have declared that user-generated content has seen its day, may want to revisit their appraisals.

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