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March 19, 2020 — 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 ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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COVID-19 NEWS: ARL's 'The Contribution Research Libraries Are Making'

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) published a reflection on the way research libraries provide assistance in times of crisis. It states:

COVID-19 is an unprecedented pandemic for most of us. Research libraries have rapidly responded to the shifting needs of their communities and worked collectively to adapt, alongside public health officials, senior administrators, and city officials, as well as research communities. In our favor, technological advancements have made information more easily accessible than ever before, and global collaboration is already part of everyday research. …

Research libraries work with public policy and institutional decision-makers to ensure research integrity, open access, and intellectual property rights so that critical information is available as needed. For decades, ARL members have worked to provide equitable public access to trustworthy knowledge. …

As new knowledge about COVID-19 emerges and as the number of reported cases spreads, research libraries are partnering with scholars and with senior administrators in federal agencies, cities, and higher education to ensure their expertise and the information they provide is available. Particularly as students in the United States leave for spring break, as students in their final year continue with graduation plans, and as scholars and researchers necessarily continue their investigations or dive deeply into solving this emergency, research librarians and staff are quickly moving to optimize their services.

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