News You Need to Start the Week

Includes news about Thomson Reuters, Righthaven, a Pew Research Center study of Twitter, an ACRL webcast and information on eReader accessibility.

New Pharmaceutical Information Tool Coming From Thomson Reuters—Cortellis

Cortellis is being touted as Thomson Reuters “vision of the research future.”  The company believes that this new platform will fill a void that “exists regarding innovative searching, that current programs lack self-service using intuitive programming.”  However, this article asks a number of key questions including: “What does that all mean? What databases are really being used? Who is the targeted end user? What level of integration with a customers’ intranet would exist, and what types of pricing levels would exist for small versus large companies?

Righthaven loses another case, hit with another $33,000 in legal fees

A number of sites are reporting that the court has found for the defendant in a recent case brought by Righthaven against a blogger for using a photo without permission.

How Mainstream Media Outlets Use Twitter

The Pew Research Center studied twitter feeds from 13 major news organizations to learn how mainstream media is making use of the technology. The study consists of “more than 3,600 tweets over the course of a week,” and “reveals that these news organizations use Twitter in limited ways-primarily as an added means to disseminate their own material. Both the sharing of outside content and engagement with followers are rare. The news content posted, moreover, matches closely the news events given priority on the news organizations’ legacy platforms.”

Standards for Libraries in Higher Education Webcast Archive

The ACRL Insider reports that “the archive recording of the November 9, 2011, introductory webcast on the newly revised Standards for Libraries in Higher Education (SLHE) is now freely available on the ACRL website. Presented by Patricia Iannuzzi, chair of the ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education Task Force, the webcast provided an overview of the revision, highlighting ways the standards can benefit libraries in the strategic planning, program review, and self-study processes.”

Accessibility and eReaders: functional requirements

In her blog No Shelf Required, Sue Polanka reports that Ken Petri, Director of the Web Accessibility Center at The Ohio State University, has updated his chapter about eBook accessibility to the forthcoming No Shelf Required 2:  Use and Management of Ebooks title from ALA Editions.  In particular Ken has posted two items:  An overview of common e-book reader accessibility and Functional criteria for e-book accessibility.

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