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Advocacy Alert: Net Neutrality

[From ALA’s Take Action For Libraries]

What Happened:

The day before Thanksgiving, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Pai publicly shared his plan to dismantle network neutrality protections approved by the FCC in 2015 and affirmed by the federal appeals court in 2016. The new draft order is scheduled to be voted on by the five FCC commissioners on December 14. Read more

Polling the Nations comes to Infobase

Polling the Nations is a critically acclaimed database of public opinion polls containing the full text of 700,000+ questions from 18,000+ surveys and 1,700+ polling organizations, conducted from 1986 through the present in the United States and 100+ other countries around the world. Take a free trial today!

Authoritative Sources
Polling the Nations provides surveys from the most respected polling organizations in the world, including:

A Useful Tool Across the Curriculum:

  • Use poll results in pro/con discussions, debates, presentations, and papers
  • Adds real-life, up-to-date information on a wide range of topics
  • Polls are excellent primary sources that encourage and facilitate critical thinking
  • Provides support for math and statistics courses that require students to create graphs to display data

Learn more about Polling the Nations from the Fact Sheet. Contact Jeff Brunner () for pricing, information or to set up a trial!

Fox Valley Tech Profiled on Infobase Website

WiLS member, Fox Valley Technical College, was recently profiled by vendor partner Infobase. Librarian Val Magno was interviewed for the piece in which she shared all sorts of information about their library and how they work with and for their patrons. Check out Val’s excellent interview today!

And if you’re interested in learning more about Infobase resources, don’t hesitate to contact Jeff Brunner ().

Product Spotlight: The Team W Courses

Our members have been telling us they want to learn more about user experience and we have listened. To that end, WiLS is proud to feature the work of vendor partner, The Team W! Read more

Business Expert Press and Momentum Press Trial – EXTENDED

Business Expert Press / Momentum Press has extended their free eBooks trial to WiLS members. It now runs until 12/31/2017. Academic members already have access via IP range. WiLS has also received the 2018 price lists for both BEP and MP, so after the trial, if you’re ready to purchase or subscribe, contact Jeff Brunner () for a price quote.

Business Expert Press and Momentum Press were established in 2008 with input from faculty and academic librarians, and today, our ebooks, print titles, and digital libraries are used by hundreds of thousands of students. BEP and MP publish concise, practical treatments of the topics taught in MBA programs, as well as in advanced engineering, science, and health programs. Their “born-digital” ebooks are written by professors and practitioners who translate real-life experiences into teaching tools, and serve as curriculum-oriented, cost-effective alternatives to high-priced textbooks. Unencumbered by DRM, their digital libraries and topical collections can be used easily and without limitation by the academic community.

WiLS Academic members should already have access via their IP ranges. The site address is: http://portal.igpublish.com/iglibrary/login

Mergent Intellect

Mergent (formally known as Moody’s Investment Services) has been providing company data to public libraries since the early 1900’s. In recent years, they have partnered with Dunn and Bradstreet to expand the level and reach of data that they incorporate into their products creating the most comprehensive business database offering on the market today. Mergent Intellect is made up of 7 primary functions geared to hit a wide range of patrons. Each section is detailed below. Read more