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FreePint Newsletter No.370
7th March 2013

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My Favourite Tipples


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  • Access. Good? Bad? Double-edged sword?

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 My Favourite Tipples

Michelle BouleBy Michelle Boule

My interests have grown to include many things in the last few years, but some of the things that have kept me going have not survived. The things I have included in my list are here because they have stood the test of time, they are flexible, the information contained within them is multifaceted, and, in some cases, entertaining. Engagement in the topic and information is crucial and all these tools help me stay informed, stay organised, and stay on my toes.

  • Of all the things I read, Twitter is the one thing I read all day, every day. I primarily use TweetCaster on my phone which has some handy features that the online platform for Twitter does not. To get the most out of Twitter, find people you already know doing stuff you are interested in and follow them. Find other people you do not know yet, but who are doing interesting things, and follow them. Find companies or organisations doing interesting things, and follow them. Then, listen to the conversation. Do not be afraid to ask questions or participate. People share articles, ideas, and solutions contained within 140 characters. I love it and I may be addicted to it.

  • If you are looking for headlines about technology, start-ups, or the people that make this industry run, TechCrunch is the place to go. I have found that reading TechCrunch on a semi-regular basis is an excellent way to scan for important titbits related to many different industries. Follow them on Twitter, see above, or subscribe to their RSS feed to get all their headlines.

  • If you only listen to one technology podcast, This Week In Tech is the one you need on your list. You can subscribe to the audio or video of this show and take it with you in the car, on the train, or in your cubicle. Leo Laporte has been well known in the technology industry for years and this show never disappoints. Laporte is joined by a panel each week which discusses technology with a mix of wisdom, insight, and irreverent humour. They go beyond the headlines with in-depth discussions on current topics. I adore this show.

  • All those articles, ideas, books, quotes, and posts pile up and become unruly, so I use Diigo to organise them. Diigo is a bookmarking service with a lot of extra features. You can save links to pictures, make notes on saved citations, organise things by tags, and share things directly to social media sites. For easy access and saving, Diigo has apps for Android and Apple devices and browser extensions. Diigo has a free version, which I use, or a paid version with even more features.

The number one thing keeping me engaged, up-to-date, and informed is my community. I am a strong believer in the wisdom of the crowd because the crowd has nurtured, inspired, and helped me do some truly amazing things. All of us have a myriad of things vying for our attention and collecting the wheat from the dross can be difficult when your time is limited. I have come to rely on a community of people to filter my information. The type and subject of the information will influence the kind of community I turn to for advice, ideas, and support. In an age where we can be connected to anyone at any time, do not underestimate the value of those connections because of their ease. When you surround yourself with a group of people who are innovative, fearless dreamers, you will not be content to be still.


Michelle Boule is a geek librarian who loves unconferences so much she wrote a book called Mob Rule Learning: Camps, Unconferences, and Trashing the Talking Head. She can be found online at A Wandering Eyre and on Twitter as @wanderingeyre.


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FreePint FeaturesFreePint Features offers the latest commentary on trends, issues and opportunities in the information world, as well as examples of how organisations use FreePint resources to raise the value of information.

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  • Developments in CI Provision: How Should Information Professionals Adapt?
    By Andrew Grave on Tuesday, 5th March 2013
    Andrew Grave reviews the recent FreePint articles on the theme of competitive intelligence. He notes the move towards business intelligence tools, the failure of InfoArmy, suggests how information professionals should respond and identifies a common trap they should avoid.

  • FreePint Guidance to Instruction at a Distance
    By Robin Neidorf on Wednesday, 27th February 2013
    A recent FreePint Webinar provided instructors and those who support instructors with initial insights into what helps an instructor move from classroom to e-classroom. Watch the video, and request your free copy of the presentation.

  • Product Report: CODiE Finalists: Best Legal Information Product
    By Robin Neidorf on Monday, 25th February 2013
    The CODiE Award for Best Legal Information Product saw four very different legal products gain finalist status, each demonstrating particular strengths for discrete areas of information work. FreePint reviewers put each of the finalists to the test: IA Watch, Lexis Advance, Web Preserver and Workshare. There's only one winner but all offer significant benefits to legal information professionals.

  • Access. Good? Bad? Double-edged sword?
    By Jan Knight on Friday, 22nd February 2013
    The world of media and content is changing fast and Jan Knight examines FreePint's recent articles on the topic and the impact that developments such as user-generated content, crowdsourcing and open access are having on information professionals and journalists.

  • FreePint's Perspectives on Big Ideas
    By Robin Neidorf on Thursday, 21st February 2013
    The fast-moving pace of development in the regulations and technology arena creates new opportunities for information professionals in many fields, from compliance and "big data", to research and social media. FreePint's Content and Compliance report explores some of the regulations faced and tools to tackle these. And we announce our upcoming webinar on big data and welcome your input for topics and speakers.

  • Motivate and Move Your Audience through Multimedia
    By Pila Martinez on Wednesday, 20th February 2013
    Multimedia elements not only can make your communications more visually appealing, but they can also convey information in ways your words never could. Pila Martinez explains how the key is to match the multimedia with the content and provides some useful tips to help make your communications more compelling.

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  • Competitive Intelligence: You Can "Race with the Machine"
    By Andrew Grave on Wednesday, 6th March 2013
    Following his review of the last six months' developments in competitive intelligence, Andrew Grave highlights how the trends he observed in research automation are being tackled by futurists. He describes how his forthcoming articles will assist information professionals in developing their skills for this environment.

  • Google Claims Victory in German Copyright Battle. But Has It Lost the War?
    By Penny Crossland on Wednesday, 6th March 2013
    Google has been battling it out on the copyright front with European publishers in the last few months. However, while the search engine has been claiming victory of sorts on all fronts, not everybody agrees that Google is gaining the upper hand. Penny Crossland examines exactly what constitutes "victory".

  • Source Update March 2013: What's Happening with Nexis?
    By Anne Jordan on Tuesday, 5th March 2013
    This month's additions and takedowns in Nexis, researched and compiled by Anne Jordan.

  • Keeping Your Collaborative Project on the Right Track
    By James Mullan on Tuesday, 5th March 2013
    We all know how hard it is to push a rock up a hill, well implementing and managing collaborative projects can be just as challenging. Whilst technology has significantly improved the way we work, simply throwing a new collaborative tool at someone and expecting them to use it simply isn't going to work. This can be frustrating and exhausting for individuals managing this process, so how can managers keep these projects on track and avoid becoming exhausted?

  • Competitive Intelligence: What's in Store?
    By Andrew Grave on Tuesday, 5th March 2013
    Andrew Grave previews the four articles he has commissioned on competitive intelligence and his reasons for focusing on these areas.

  • FreePint Report: Competitive IntelligenceFreePint Report: Competitive Intelligence
    Published on Tuesday, 5th March 2013
    Andrew Grave reviews the recent FreePint articles on the theme of competitive intelligence. He notes the move towards business intelligence tools, the failure of InfoArmy, suggests how information professionals should respond and identifies a common trap they should avoid.

  • Source Update March 2013: What's Happening with Factiva?
    By Anne Jordan on Monday, 4th March 2013
    This month's additions and takedowns in Factiva, researched and compiled by Anne Jordan.

  • Source Update March 2013: What's Happening with Eureka.cc and Europresse.com?
    By Anne Jordan on Monday, 4th March 2013
    This month's additions and takedowns in Eureka.cc and Europresse.com, researched and compiled by Anne Jordan. Europresse.com is the European version of the Eureka.cc solution.

  • UK Legal Market Research: Librarian Reactions to Latest Acquisition
    By Robin Neidorf on Thursday, 28th February 2013
    In the wake of Thomson Reuters' decision to purchase Practical Law Company, Robin Neidorf researches the reactions of legal librarians from the top 200 UK law firms. Following on from FreePint's 2011 research into information products and priorities in these firms, she questions over 50 librarians and queries their responses to the contraction of their key information suppliers by one third.

  • Tough but Achievable? Reskilling for Data Analysis
    By Tim Buckley Owen on Wednesday, 27th February 2013
    Gartner suggests that companies worldwide are likely to continue spending on business intelligence. However, as recent reports indicate, the skills to analyse big data are in short supply. Info pros could satisfy the demand for data analysis skills but they face a formidable reskilling challenge - as the recent fate of InfoArmy demonstrates.

  • FreePint Report: Information Services Management Monthly Update (February 2013)FreePint Report: Information Services Management Monthly Update (February 2013)
    Published on Tuesday, 26th February 2013
    This monthly update collects the current content relevant to those responsible for information service management, information strategy and content procurement in a convenient PDF package for download and offline reading.

  • Social Media Tools will NEVER Replace Email!
    By James Mullan on Tuesday, 26th February 2013
    Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Yammer have changed the way we communicate and collaborate with our colleagues and friends. But within an organisation it's unlikely that these social media platforms will ever collectively replace email. The question is, "Why?"

  • FreePint Report: CODiE Finalists - Best Legal Information ProductFreePint Report: CODiE Finalists - Best Legal Information Product
    Published on Monday, 25th February 2013
    The CODiE Award for Best Legal Information Product saw four very different legal products gain finalist status, each demonstrating particular strengths for discrete areas of information work. FreePint reviewers put each of the finalists to the test: IA Watch, Lexis Advance, Web Preserver and Workshare. There's only one winner but all offer significant benefits to legal information professionals.

  • Tips for Taming Unwieldy Intranets
    By James Mullan on Friday, 22nd February 2013
    It used to be the case that intranets were the poor relation to external websites. Now organisations are spending much more on intranets as they become business critical, leading to increasing reliance on intranet managers. But, asks James Mullan, what has changed in recent years and what lessons can we learn from these developments?

  • FreePint Report: Research - Part 2 (Information Content)FreePint Report: Research - Part 2 (Information Content)
    Published on Friday, 22nd February 2013
    Twice a year, FreePint publishes a compendium of articles supporting different areas of information work. This report collects six months' worth of articles tagged with the category of research. Our guest editor Jan Knight looks at the spectrum of research topics, with a particular eye to emerging information sources.

  • Privacy - it's Complicated
    By Tim Buckley Owen on Thursday, 21st February 2013
    Growing popular support for a "do-not-track" option could seriously threaten internet-based eCommerce, Ovum warns - adding to other comment which raises doubts about both the effectiveness and the intrusiveness of social media and sentiment analytics. Yet official signals about privacy action remain confused at present, with the European Union under pressure from several quarters about its developing data protection regime and Britain's Information Commissioner's Office apparently watering down its own policy on cookies.

  • Mini Review: Axceler ControlPoint
    By Evan Callender on Thursday, 21st February 2013
    SharePoint is well-used in large and small firms for intranets, collaboration and workflow and seems to be maintaining its competitive edge as the latest version, SharePoint 2013, is introduced. Evan Callender reviews Axceler's ControlPoint, which is designed to help those running management and policy enforcement for large SharePoint environments as well as offering some useful features which aren't present in the native SharePoint offering.

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