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Scoop.it Unveils Newly Re-Designed Platform

Scoop.it Unveils Newly Re-Designed Platform | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE..[San Francisco, CA -- December 11, 2012] -- Scoop.it, a leading social media and content curation platform for professionals and businesses, recently announced it’s platform redesign, elements of which focus specifically on increasing visibility for its community of users after Dec. 21, 2012...

Scoop.it lets you share ideas that matter and shine on the web through beautiful topic pages. Collect relevant content and add your insight to attract an avid audience. Scoop.it will help you efficiently and effectively build your online presence. Scoop.it is a one-stop-shop for social media and content curation publishing. When you post on your topic page, you can easily share to your social networks including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+.
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Welcome to the Future Librarian. You Can Follow This Topic... | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Just click the 'follow' button at the top, right of this page. Trying to find posts on a particular topic? Click 'filter' tab above and choose an area of interest. To view the original article, click "Show original" at the bottom of the box, or simply click on the title.

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ACRL release draft Framework for Information Literacy Standards

ACRL release draft Framework for Information Literacy Standards | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has released the first part of a draft Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education, which is intended to replace the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (ILCSHE) that were adopted by ACRL in 2000.

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ACRL welcomes feedback on both parts of the document until 15th April 2014.  More information on the new Framework, including the draft document, is available from the ACRL website.

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Library Consortium Tests Interlibrary Loans of e-Books

Library Consortium Tests Interlibrary Loans of e-Books | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Three dozen academic libraries are teaming up with the Springer publishing company to pioneer a way to lend a fast-growing part of library holdings.
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Academic libraries have a long, proud tradition of sharing books and journals through interlibrary loan. But the efforts to extend that practice to e-books, even though libraries are buying more and more content in digital format, have been stymied because licenses do not allow e-book lending, and libraries lack the technology to make it work. Fortunately, a pilot project called Occam’s Reader will soon be tested to make it both easy and secure for libraries to share e-books.

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ProQuest Announces Intota™ Assessment Customers

University libraries worldwide will be implementing a new best in class collection analytics service from ProQuest. Launched late last year, Intota™ Assessment provides tools that enable libraries to showcase the value of their collections and demonstrate return on investment for their collection budget. The company reported strong market response to this new service, reinforcing a solution strategy that addresses the pain points libraries face with collection management. Developed for comprehensive assessment of today's collections, Intota Assessment is a robust suite of business intelligence tools that makes it possible for library staff to focus on higher value services to their patrons. Using the library's historic circulation data, as well as qualitative data such as Books in Print®, Intota Assessment generates the evidence needed for data-driven collection decisions. Rapid global adoption validates demand by libraries for a comprehensive collection assessment service
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How the HathiTrust Digital Library Handles 11 Million Digitized Volumes

How the HathiTrust Digital Library Handles 11 Million Digitized Volumes | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Balancing storage and access is key to making digital libraries useful tools for today's academics.

 

Digitization is a widely used means of preservation reformatting for print and analog materials, especially with the large-scale capabilities that efforts such as the Google Books Project and the Internet Archive are bringing to many research and academic libraries.

 

But large-scale digitization means that libraries increasingly require large-scale, preservation-grade infrastructure that’s also suitable for providing access to materials at scale. The HathiTrust Digital Library is answering that call. Launched by the 12-university Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and the 11-university libraries of the University of California system, HathiTrust is collectively undertaking preservation with access. Today it has more than 80 partners, more than two dozen of whom are depositing content in its repository.

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Here's collaboration at its best...

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Greater convenience, comfort offered at university libraries

Greater convenience, comfort offered at university libraries | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
The atmosphere at Rikkyo University’s Ikebukuro Library in Tokyo was buzzing with energy, even though classes were canceled.

 

For many, university libraries are places where students read quietly and independently.  But many libraries are transforming into places where students gather for group discussions and to teach one another.


These libraries are improving user support services in ways that contrast with the traditional image, including extending their hours late into the night, as they try to become the “academic home base” for their students.

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Ruth Snape's curator insight, January 14, 8:07 AM

An inside look at Rikkyo University's library in Tokyo, showing how when university libraries offer comfortable learning spaces for group discussions, and long opening hours, students visit the library more often for longer.

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No online access for British internet archive

No online access for British internet archive | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
The UK's official internet archive is up and running, but you will have to visit a library to access it

 

All the websites in the UK has finally gone live, following almost a decade of negotiations between publishers and the British Library, but it can only be accessed in person, from a terminal in one of the UK's six major academic libraries, due to restrictions imposed by the 2003 Legal Deposit Libraries Act.

 

The project is unique just by the scope of it, which includes centuries old archival material to the more recent social networking updates, with anything and everything thrown in in between. The scope is huge and it shouldn’t be surprising the entries have already run into billions of pages.


More here:  http://goodereader.com/blog/technology/british-digital-archive-now-available-only-at-the-library-no-web-access

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A digital archive is intended for preservation and research, but why can't it be available online?  Why restrict access?

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Robert Peter de Jong's curator insight, January 6, 12:14 AM

A way to survive for libraries?

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One Country is Digitizing All Books, And Making Them Free For Its Citizens

One Country is Digitizing All Books, And Making Them Free For Its Citizens | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
According to the National Library, “all published content, in all media” is being digitized, which includes “material dating from the Middle Ages up to the current day.”
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Norway's National Library sets a great example that every country's library should emulate: making all materials published in Norway accessible to its citizens wherever they are and whenever they want to by means of digitization. That means hundreds of thousands of books from the Middle Ages to the present (regardless of copyright) will be available online. Non-copyrighted materials or those with expired copyright are available for download.

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Robert Peter de Jong's curator insight, January 6, 12:17 AM

If Norway can do it.....!

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University libraries and the e-books revolution

University libraries and the e-books revolution | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Libraries, it took well over a century, from the university’s founding in 1789, to reach a collection of one million volumes. In the last five years alone, the campus has added nearly one million “volume-equivalents”, mainly due to massive e-book acquisitions. As a consequence, last year UNC’s e-books acquisitions were three times greater than print books.

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Libraries are now transforming their purchase of resources moving from title-by-title selection that characterized print book acquisition to en bloc acquisition of e-books.  Check out how this academic library has increased its collection through aggressive ebook acquisition. 

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Mobile at the Library | Office Hours

Mobile at the Library | Office Hours | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

"Years ago, I did a presentation for a group of librarians, LIS faculty, and students in South Carolina. The night before the talk, the hotel bartender chatted with me about his mobile device. He was playing the bar’s music from his iPhone. We started talking about apps we liked and the ways we used our phones, and he said, “I have everything I need here: I have my web, I have my email, I have my text, I have my video, and I have my music: I have the world of information in my hand.” His remark resonated with me, and I have told the story in many presentations since, because it’s indicative of the way that people think about their devices. "

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Here's a reflection on the history of mobile technology and "its touchstone role with people in general and librarians in particular. "

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Collaboration for Hard Times

Collaboration for Hard Times | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Academic and research libraries have historically created effective partnerships with one another, such as the Library of Congress distributing catalog cards, the establishment of the Center for Research Libraries, and the birth and growth of OCLC. More recent collaborations include the Research Collections and Preservation Consortium, the Columbia-Cornell partnership 2CUL, and the Manhattan Research Library Initiative. Yet far too many library initiatives have withered owing to lack of communication, focus, or leadership. Collaboration comes with risk as well as reward, so, initially, demonstrating the value of potential benefits to administration may be hard. It is difficult to justify spending our own resources on initiatives that will in part benefit others, particularly when our funds are already constrained. How can we guard against free riders?

 

Part of the solution is knowing when and when not to collaborate. The opposite of hesitation to share responsibility for initiatives can be a tendency to overcollaborate—to involve too many parties in all the minutiae of a project’s implementation. This leads to low productivity, or overestimating the value of collaboration on a project.

 

This article looks at some of the recent collaborative models from the world of business and their parallels in libraries to helps us understand what works and what doesn’t.  It ends with a piece of excellent advice:

 

" If we don’t join in creating the future, we may find that the future does not include us. We can make ourselves an integral part of the future by working together. Collaboration, as much as competition, is here to stay. By scrutinizing each project’s potential to add to the bottom line and paying attention to human factors like trust, commitment, and a culture of collaboration, we can increase our chances of leading our partnerships to innovation, forging new value rather than just perpetuating the status quo."

 

Read more:  http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/10/managing-libraries/collaboration-for-hard-times/

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Collaboration, as much as competition, is here to stay.  But if we we don't "join in", we may find that the future does not include us.  So it's best to be part of the future by working together.

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Malala Yousafzai to open new library

Malala Yousafzai to open new library | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
A teenager shot in the head by the Taliban for championing women's rights has been given the honour of opening the £188m new Library of Birmingham.
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"The content of a book holds the power of education and it is with this power that we can shape our future and change lives.

"There is no greater weapon than knowledge and no greater source of knowledge than the written word.

"It is my dream that one day, great buildings like this one will exist in every corner of the world so every child can grow up with the opportunity to succeed." 

Read more about Malala, the teenager targeted by the Taliban after campaigning for girls' rights to go to school here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-23929310

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A Brief History of Book Vending Machines

A Brief History of Book Vending Machines | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Although vending machines have long been considered acceptable for newspapers, they've never really caught on where books are concerned.
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Books aren't disposable items like cigarettes or candy.  So it's no surprise why book-vending machines never really flourished.  Still, it makes for interesting history since the technology was first conceived in 1822.

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What Matters to Academic-Library Directors? Information Literacy

What Matters to Academic-Library Directors? Information Literacy | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Whether they work at a big research university, a small four-year college, or something in between, academic-library directors share a “resounding dedication” to teaching information literacy to undergraduates. Beyond that, the priorities they set for their libraries depend on the size and nature of their institutions and how many (or few) resources they have to work with.

Those findings come out of a 2013 survey of American library directors,released on Tuesday by Ithaka S+R US. That’s the consulting and research arm of the nonprofit Ithaka group, which works on “transformative uses of new technologies in higher education.”  


The Ithaka S+R US Library Survey 2013 report examines how the leaders of academic libraries are approaching systemic changes in their environment and the opportunities and constraints they face in leading their organizations. While exploring key topics covered in the 2010 survey of library directors, such as strategic planning, collecting practices, and library services, in 2013 the survey also introduced a new emphasis on organizational dynamics, leadership issues, and undergraduate services.


Download the report here:  http://www.sr.ithaka.org/research-publications/ithaka-sr-us-library-survey-2013

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This report examines how the leaders of academic libraries are approaching systemic changes in their environment and the opportunities and constraints they face in leading their organizations. While exploring key topics covered in the 2010 survey of library directors, such as strategic planning, collecting practices, and library services, in 2013 the survey also introduced a new emphasis on organizational dynamics, leadership issues, and undergraduate services.

 

Download the report here:  http://www.sr.ithaka.org/research-publications/ithaka-sr-us-library-survey-2013

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CLIR report examines what Academic Libraries can learn from their users

CLIR report examines what Academic Libraries can learn from their users | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

This report looks at how staff at eight academic institutions gained new insight about how students and faculty use their libraries, and how the staff are using these findings to improve library technologies, space, and services.  It is available in pdf format only at  http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub161.


This report is the second of two volumes published by CLIR that focus on participatory design. The first, Participatory Design in Academic Libraries: Methods, Findings, and Implementations, was published in October 2012.

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Obama and His Library: Go Small

Obama and His Library: Go Small | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
It should be more of an archive and less of a museum, more of a house, less of a shrine.
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..."there is something futile about trying to encapsulate a president’s life and accomplishments in a single building. Our knowledge about (and changing assessment of) any president are shaped by many sources: not only memoirs, biographies and declassified papers but also movies and even television docudramas."  Although Obama still has 3 years to complete his presidency, plans for his presidential library have begun.

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Free books: 100 legal sites to download literature

Free books: 100 legal sites to download literature | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Here's a list of 100 websites to download books legally, sorted out by categories: Classics,  Textbooks, Children's Books, Math and Science, Philosophy and Religion, Histoy and Culture, Modern Fiction, Plays,  Foreign Language, Rare Books, Arts and Entertainment, Mystery, Poetry,  and Miscellaneous.

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Fliss Clooney's curator insight, January 20, 2:22 AM

Comprehensive listing of sources of free ebooks

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Copyright Week: Taking Copyright Back

Copyright Week: Taking Copyright Back | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
In the week leading up the two-year anniversary of the SOPA blackout protests, EFF and others are talking about key principles that should guide copyright policy.
Copyright is supposed to embody a balanced incentive system, encourage authors and inventors to create new things by helping them receive some compensation for that investment. At the same time, copyright law puts limits on authors, such as fair use and limited terms of protection, to help make sure that IP rights don’t unfairly inhibit new creativity. When the system works, it can be an engine for creativity, innovation and consumer protection. When it doesn’t, IP rights have the opposite effect, giving IP owners a veto on innovation and free speech.
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"Copyright is supposed to be public policy, in the interest of the public. Let's take copyright back, and make it work for all of us."
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US library lending is happening

US library lending is happening | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Many libraries across the world do not have first sale, or they have what is called a “public lending right” which is a very curious term. It means that the library has the right to lend books if they pay for lending.
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Libraries reinvent themselves for the 21st century

Libraries reinvent themselves for the 21st century | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
For centuries, the defining role of the library has been as a repository of books.

 

Now, in the 21st century, the library faces perhaps its most momentous challenge.

 

Library leaders are adapting to a paradigm shift by reimagining the library as an engaged community center. The role of librarians is being re-branded to reflect their expertise as content curators and trusted navigators in an ever-expanding ocean of information — in whatever format it may exist.

 

Libraries are abuzz with services that go beyond traditional fare to offer more active programming for patrons, including an after-school program to aid students with homework. In the summer, more meeting rooms for patrons to use for business appointments,  more computer labs where patrons learn tech skills, or enroll in massive open online courses, or MOOCs, and other services.

 

More here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/books/chi-library-future-20131212,0,294523,full.story

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Here's a glimpse of some of the relatively new services that libraries of the future are offering:

→Digital studios

→Dedicated teen zones

→Conference rooms for community meetings

→Computer and social media classes

→Small business/technology centers

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MOOCing at the Public Library

MOOCing at the Public Library | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
While much has been written about the role of academic libraries in supporting massive open online courses (MOOCs), the inclusion of MOOCs in a public library setting is largely unexplored territory.
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Find out here how public libraries can provide free online courses for their library patrons particularly adult learners here: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/12/public-services/moocing-at-the-public-library/

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Google secures victory over Authors Guild

In light of Google's Nov. 14 victory in a lawsuit against the Authors Guild, students can continue using Google Books as an academic research tool.
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Google's victory sets an important precedent for future book scanning projects. The ruling affirms the mission of Google Books to make books more readily accessible, and to help libraries preserve literature through digitization.
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UC Davis library to lead transformation of cataloging

UC Davis library to lead transformation of cataloging | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

The University of California, Davis, will lead the way for research libraries to transform how they catalog their collections to improve how online researchers can find and use them, thanks to a half-million dollar grant.

UC Davis will work with other national and international institutions involved in library software, standards and practices to provide a route that, like GPS directions, can be recalculated or continuously updated as new data models, standards, workflows and practices evolve. The partner organizations include the Library of Congress, the OCLC global library network, the National Information Standards Organization, Kuali OLE and development partner Zepheira Inc., based in Dublin, Ohio.

 

The project would investigate the entire library operation from initial acquisition or licensing, through cataloging, processing, and digitization, and on to indexing and visualization of the data for search and resource discovery on the Web.

 

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This project has the potential to make a real difference in how libraries approach bibliographic control.  Read more here:

http://news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=10752

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I AM A {SOCIAL} LIBRARIAN infographic

I AM A {SOCIAL} LIBRARIAN infographic | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Social today means so much more than sending a tweet or posting to Facebook. The social librarian is enmeshed in the fabric of the Internet of Things as curator, educator, filter and beacon. In this complex, dynamic and demanding environment, librarians are extending themselves and empowering library users. In recognition of this, Elsevier's Library Connect Newsletter and Joe Murphy, Librarian & Technology Analyst/Trend Spotter, offer up a visual portrait of The Social Librarian, and invite you to download and post, share on your social streams, and discuss with your library stakeholders.
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The social librarian is enmeshed in the fabric of the Internet of Things as curator, educator, filter and beacon. Download this amazing infographic now.
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The 20 most spellbinding university libraries in the world

The 20 most spellbinding university libraries in the world | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

You can't have a university without a library. The hub of any academic's life, some of these libraries have been feeding the minds of scholars for nearly 500 years.

 

From Duke Humfrey's Library at Oxford, built in the 16th century, to the Joe & Rika Mansueto library built only a couple of years ago, to the Stirling Memorial library built in the 1930s, each has its own unique look and feel.

 

How we expect our libraries to appear and function has changed. Irrespective of age, these spellbinding library buildings each demonstrate unusual and beautiful approaches to the focal point of any university.

 

All these libraries stand testament to the brilliance of books.

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How we expect our libraries to appear and function has changed. Irrespective of age, these spellbinding library buildings each demonstrate unusual and beautiful approaches to the focal point of any university.  View them here and read why they are spectacular: http://www.independent.co.uk/student/student-life/the-20-most-spellbinding-university-libraries-in-the-world-8778283.html?action=gallery

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Dawne Tortorella's curator insight, August 31, 2013 6:30 AM

How can we replicate the grand feeling of "being in the library" virtually - still much to be said about "library as place of learning"

Mary Coghlan's curator insight, September 2, 2013 3:06 PM

The library as a "sense of place". Libraries will continue to inspire and encourage learning in an age of digital technoogy.

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IFLA Trend Report

IFLA Trend Report | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
In the global information environment, time moves quickly and there's an abundance of commentators trying to keep up. With each new technological development, a new report emerges assessing its impact on different sectors of society. The IFLA Trend Report takes a broader approach and identifies five high level trends shaping the information society, spanning access to education, privacy, civic engagement and transformation. Its findings reflect a year’s consultation with a range of experts and stakeholders from different disciplines to map broader societal changes occurring, or likely to occur in the information environment. The IFLA Trend Report is more than a single document – it is a selection of resources to help you understand where libraries fit into a changing society.
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The IFLA Trend Report identifies five top level trends which will play a key role in shaping our future information ecosystem. Download the Insights Document which serves as the conversation starter for the library community.
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Deborah Welsh's curator insight, August 28, 2013 5:10 PM

Essential reading for those who believe in the value of libraries.

Dawne Tortorella's curator insight, August 28, 2013 8:21 PM

New technologies, online education, privacy & data protection, hyper-connected societies, global information - same trends, more accelerated?