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February 13, 2014 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Academic Research Available Free at U.K. Libraries

The Publishers Licensing Society (PLS) announced the start of a 2-year pilot project, Access to Research, which brings more than 1.5 million academic research articles and conference proceedings to all public libraries in the U.K. Students, independent researchers, and small businesses may read these articles online for free at their local libraries. 

Libraries and publishers partnered with Access to Research to provide the free content, which now includes 8,400 journals. PLS, ALPSP (The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers), The Publishers Association (PA), ProQuest (providing the technical interface via the Summon service), and the Society of Chief Librarians are jointly supporting the initiative. PLS spearheaded the project with input from a government-sponsored report that suggested the expansion of access to publicly funded research.

“[I]t is hoped that Access to Research will encourage more customers to visit their local library,” according to the press release.

Source: Publishers Licensing Society



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