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April 26, 2016 — 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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OverDrive Now Offers DC Comics

OverDrive added more than 150 digital comics and graphic novels from DC Comics. Libraries can purchase comics featuring the Justice League, Suicide Squad, Watchmen, Sandman, and others from the OverDrive Marketplace. The comics can be read on any mobile device or computer.

For more information, read the blog post.

Dow Jones Updates Factiva

Dow Jones released a new iPhone app for Factiva, which allows users to find premium content sources on the go (such as company newsletters, tailored alerts, and news articles), save them for offline viewing, and share them externally. Additionally, Dow Jones rolled out Dow Jones Direct, a platform that helps users display licensed Factiva content and other sources on public websites via email, RSS feeds, or social media channels.

For more information, read the press release.

Promotions at the Library of Congress

David S. Mao, the acting Librarian of Congress, appointed John Y. Cole to the new position of Library of Congress Historian. Cole, who has worked at the library for 50 years, will be the technical expert and advisor on the history of the organization. His responsibilities will include documenting the library’s history and conducting historical research.

Mao also selected Pam Jackson from the Congressional Research Service to be the new director of the library’s Center for the Book. (Cole was its founding director.) She started working at the library in 2003.

For more information, read the press release.

Udacity Launches In-Person Study Sessions

Udacity rolled out Udacity Connect (UConnect), a program that allows Nanodegree and Nanodegree Plus students to visit physical locations weekly to work with peers and get guidance on setting goals and reaching milestones. Udacity found that combining online learning with face-to-face assistance helps students engage more fully with their program. UConnect will initially be available in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York (starting May 9, 2016) at a cost of $99 per month. Students who sign up before June 30 will receive their first month for free.

For more information, read the press release.

CDL Collaborates on Open Source Publishing Platform

The University of California Press and CDL (California Digital Library) joined forces with the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (CKF) to create Editoria, an open source, digital-first book production platform that will launch in early 2017. It will manage the content and workflow of book-length projects and operate as a shared resource for academic and library publishers. CKF’s PubSweet is the technology framework, which can be assembled in various ways to meet different needs and configured for various publishing workflows.

For more information, read the blog post.

Alexander Street Releases Anthropology Archive

Alexander Street launched Anthropological Fieldwork Online, its new fully indexed primary source database of previously unpublished fieldwork—including contextualizing documents, contemporary correspondence, and subsequent writings (draft manuscripts, lectures, and articles, etc.)—from the early to mid-20th century. Eventually, the collection will have more than 250,000 pages of documents.

For more information, read the press release.

Google Search Improves TV-Related Results

Google announced that it will begin offering live TV listings in its search results. For example, when searching for The Big Bang Theory, results will display apps and sites showing the newest episodes as well as which channel is showing it live later that day or week. In addition, Google’s DoubleClick dynamic ad insertion will deliver personalized TV ads (for both live and on-demand viewing). Viewers will see individualized streams using server-side ad insertion.

For more information, read the blog post.

IMLS Teams Up to 'Make' a Difference

IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) and the Congressional Maker Caucus will host the second annual, free Capitol Hill Maker Faire on June 21, 2016. “Makers” from across the country can present their projects and experiences to members of Congress. A panel series will feature national maker leaders and others involved in the maker movement, and the fair will have 30–40 exhibitors showcasing hands-on displays such as robots, crafts, and 3D printers.

For more information, read the press release.

Adam Matthew Plans World War II Collection

Adam Matthew will publish its first digital collection on World War II in collaboration with the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. It will feature personal experiences from the war, especially those specific to New Orleans, in the form of oral histories on HD video, 3D objects, and personal collections. Digitized materials will include letters, diaries, scrapbooks, sketches, and photographs.

For more information, read the press release.

ProQuest Showcases Regional Scholarship With New Databases

ProQuest introduced nine regional databases of 3,000-plus locally published scholarly journals in all major disciplines, including business, the humanities, medicine, science, technology, and engineering. This full-text journal content come from university presses, scholarly publishers, and academic associations and societies in more than 110 countries.

The nine databases are the following:

  • Australia & New Zealand
  • Continental Europe
  • East & Central Europe
  • East & South Asia
  • India
  • Latin America & Iberia
  • Middle East & Africa
  • Turkey
  • UK & Ireland

For more information, read the press release.



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