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Business technology publisher and conference organizer
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When it comes to social media, personal recommendations are a valuable commodity. The power of ‘like’, ‘share’, ‘retweet’ and +one is that these recommendations mean more when they come from others. People outside the organisation can become our most powerful and influential advocat

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Steve Dale, Chair of the Online Information Conference, and Geoffrey Mccaleb (a social media and mobile consultant) shared some statistics on the growth and uptake of social tools and thoughts about how they are likely to be used in the future.

When it comes to the growth of social media, the numbers are sometimes boggling. Two thirds of the world's population visits a social network at least once a month. Facebook has 800 million users and is projected to reach 1 billion users by the end of 2012. With the rollout of its Timeline feature, and the development of apps that integrate with it, Facebook's strategic focus is now to encourage users to spend more time on the site, sharing more information with their social contacts.

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In Computers in Libraries, Meryl B. Cole, Christian L. Gray, and Cindy A. Romaine write about the SLA's crowdsourced initiative that resulted in the Future Ready 365 blog.

The blog set out to discover how information professionals were preparing for the future, and encouraged them to share their ideas, solutions and initiatives. The result - more than 400,000 unique visitors to the blog and 4 million hits to a zero budget website.

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Eric Hellman, the founder and president of Gluejar, Inc., the company behind Unglue.It, says, “eBook distribution is even cheaper than radio, because you don’t have to pay for transmitter power, and you don't have to own a frequency license. It’s the monetization machinery that costs money: the ecommerce systems and the DRM. If the producers of ebooks had some way of covering their fixed costs (with profit to make it worth their while), ebooks could work just like free radio.”

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In a nutshell, Elsevier sits on an abundance of content while QUOSA has developed software to help manage content. It seems like a good match, but where the company will go with it remains a bit hazy at this point.

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Kevin Gallagher, associate director for USGS Core Science Systems, posted the announcement on the NBII website June 3, 2011. He went on to explain, “In the President’s budget for Fiscal Year 2012, the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) under the Biological Information Management and Delivery Program is slated for termination."

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Classes for professional development are often too expensive and not timely enough for professionals in technology-heavy fields, and thus the unconference model is an attractive alternative. Librarian and consultant Boule argues persuasively for this kind of participant-centered learning. Her book is divided into two parts, the first devoted to camps and unconferences and the second to classes and other training.
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