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June 7, 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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SirsiDynix and Altarama Plan Closer Integration

SirsiDynix signed a distribution agreement with Altarama to allow SirsiDynix clients to purchase Altarama’s RefTracker and DeskStats systems as part of their existing ILS agreements. These reference management modules will be more closely integrated with SirsiDynix platforms, especially with ILS functionality for staffers as well as with patron portals. The two companies have collaborated in the past, and they are now looking to engage in more development efforts together.

For more information, read the press release

SLA Honors John Cotton Dana Award Recipients

At the Special Libraries Association (SLA) conference, to be held June 12–14, 2016, James Matarazzo and Toby Pearlstein will receive the John Cotton Dana Award, which is named for SLA’s founder and first president. Matarazzo (dean and professor emeritus of Simmons College’s School of Library and Information Science) and Pearlstein (former director of global information services at Bain & Co.) have made substantial contributions to corporate librarianship through their continued research on and writings about the value of corporate and special libraries.

For more information, read the press release.

PBS LearningMedia Adds Access to DPLA Primary Sources

All of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Primary Source Sets are now accessible via PBS LearningMedia, which gives educators 100 sets to view, save, and combine with PBS LearningMedia’s 100,000 videos, images, pieces of interactive content, lesson plans, and articles. They can also navigate the sets using the collection page, as well as search by subject area, including U.S. history, literature, and science and technology. DPLA aims to make its primary sources more discoverable and accessible to everyone by introducing new audiences to them and to its cultural heritage collections contributed by its network of institutions.

For more information, read the press release.

IFLA Asks for Responses to EU Ancillary Copyright Consultation

Stephen Wyber, the policy and research officer for the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), sent a message to the IFLA community to alert European members to the European Union (EU) consultation on “the role of publishers in the copyright value chain,” aka ancillary copyright. He asks for responses to a survey about “a number of recurring demands from certain lobbies in the EU,” including the ideas that news aggregators should pay publishers for the right to link to stories, publishers should get a share of the revenue from levies for copying, and rightsholders should be compensated when images feature artwork that is permanently sited in public spaces.

“We should take this opportunity to express our concerns regarding any new provisions in EU law which could restrict access to knowledge,” he writes.

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Lexis Search Advantage Integrates With BA Insight Products

LexisNexis Legal & Professional partnered with BA Insight to integrate Lexis Search Advantage into law firms’ SharePoint environments using BA Insight’s Software Portfolio, including products such as Visual Refiners, Smart Previews, and Expertise Locator. This strategic alliance helps legal professionals optimize the research, drafting, and review processes by layering Lexis Search Advantage’s capabilities on top of BA Insight’s knowledge management systems.  

For more information, read the press release.

Alexander Street Partners for Documentary Content

Alexander Street announced that Docuseek2 documentary films are now available on its platform. The Docuseek2 Collection of more than 800 films is cross-searchable with existing Alexander Street collections. It also includes tools for making clips and playlists and recording citations. Having Docuseek2 content on the Alexander Street platform extends its reach into new markets and allows for enhancements for existing users.

For more information, read the press release.

Choice Reviews Offers Enhanced Tools for Evaluating Sources

Choice launched Choice Reviews, the redesigned version of Choice Reviews Online. This service features an intuitive user interface, enhanced search and discovery features, and data management tools to help librarians, faculty members, and patrons identify the best sources for research projects, classroom assignments, and other tasks. They can save, share, and manage results from a database of nearly 200,000 academic reviews that are published in real time.

For more information, read the press release.

Thomson Reuters Introduces Precision Medicine Intelligence

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters launched Precision Medicine Intelligence, a new evidence-based solution that helps scientists and physicians keep up with scientific and medical literature through an API and partner platforms. Its structured database of clinical outcomes—from sources such as full-text peer-reviewed journals, clinical guidelines, clinical trials, and regulatory drug approvals—is designed to facilitate the interpretation of molecular test results and deepen genomics knowledge so it can be translated into clinically actionable insights.

For more information, read the press release.

Thomson Reuters Brings Its Ebook Platform to Turkey

The Thomson Reuters ProView ebook platform expanded into professional and academic sectors in Turkey. ProView, with ebooks currently published in six languages, provides full-text searching, secured notes and highlights, and content sharing and updating capabilities. Professional and academic publishing is on the rise in Turkey, and ProView ebooks offer this field a variety of titles through advanced technologies and distribution networks.

For more information, read the press release.

LearningExpress Enhances Job & Career Accelerator

LearningExpress updated Job & Career Accelerator to version 5.0. It is designed to help school, academic, and public libraries support job seekers by offering easy-to-use, self-directed tools for patrons looking to apply for positions that are based on their interests and skills. New features include career articles, a skills assessment, new sample resumes, improved navigation, and responsive design.

For more information, read the press release.



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