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July 14, 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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IMLS Creates Initiative for Community Connection

IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) introduced the Community Catalyst Initiative, which is designed to help libraries and museums better understand their roles in their communities and how they can enable positive community change. Using input from the library, museum, and community revitalization fields, IMLS will develop frameworks and other resources that will build skills for staff to strengthen community and institutional connections.

For more information, read the press release.

Thomson Reuters Sells Intellectual Property & Science Business

Thomson Reuters entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Intellectual Property & Science business to private equity funds that are affiliated with Onex and Baring Private Equity Asia for $3.55 billion in cash. The business, which includes Web of Science, Thomson CompuMark, and Cortellis, offers intellectual property and science information, decision support tools and services, and other resources to help organizations protect and commercialize their ideas and brands. The sale is expected to close within a few months after the companies obtain regulatory approval.

For more information, read the press release.

Court Comes Down on Password Sharing

According to The Guardian, three judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled in U.S. v. Nosal that sharing passwords for streaming sites is a criminal act under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986. The decision is meant to combat hacking, but it “may have consequences for ‘innocuous’ password sharers,” the article states.

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SAGE Video Adds New Business, Politics, and Psychology Collections

This month, SAGE launched three new SAGE Video collections: Business and Management, Politics and International Relations, and Psychology. Business and Management has more than 140 hours of videos, including in-depth interviews with experts covering topics such as innovation management, corporate social responsibility, and social media marketing. Politics and International Relations has more than 130 hours of videos that cover international migration, political philosophy, and other topics; it includes BBC Worldwide documentaries and famous speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. and President John F. Kennedy. Psychology has more than 130 hours of videos, including documentaries, historical footage, accounts from practitioners and their clients, and original tutorials featuring forensic psychologists, clinical psychologists, and others.

For more information, read the press release.

EBSCO Expands Music Research Resources

EBSCO Information Services rolled out RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text, a comprehensive archive of global music research from Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM). It features roughly 1 million pages of full-text content from 200-plus periodicals—90 of which are not available anywhere else online—from the 20th century to today. Music-related disciplines covered include musicology, ethnomusicology, theory, performance, and pedagogy.

For more information, read the press release.

Springer Nature Facilitates OA Publishing for Swedish Institutions

Springer Nature signed a Springer Compact agreement with the National Library of Sweden, on behalf of the Swedish library consortium for universities and research institutes, which runs through December 2018. Springer Compact allows researchers to read 2,000-plus Springer journals and to publish open access (OA) articles in more than 1,650 hybrid journals for one payment scheme. This deal broadens the academic reach of more than 30 institutions in Sweden.

For more information, read the press release.

APA Updates Its Careers Portal

The American Psychological Association (APA) launched its enhanced PsycCareers portal, which connects psychology professionals with employers looking for job candidates. Its features include the ability to post anonymous resumes, options for employers such as the ability to advertise and to send targeted emails, the integration of job content with APA’s social media, and the integration of career resources and training.

For more information, read the press release.

Contegra Systems Enhances Search Options

Contegra Systems released a new version of its Kaleido user interface, which is built around the dtSearch Engine faceted searching developer API. The new features, including “autosuggest search assistant” (the ability to focus on key concepts during searches) and “find related” (users can enter up to 1,000 words of text to find similar documents) options, work with Kaleido’s existing interface.

For more information, read the press release.

ACRL Announces New Open Access Policy Statement

ACRL published its Policy Statement on Open Access to Scholarship by Academic Librarians, which was approved by its board of directors on June 25, 2016. “As our profession adapts to new roles and a changing academic landscape, it is timely to have an official policy statement encouraging academic librarians to model open access publishing decisions for their own work as they advocate for discipline faculty and researchers to choose open access outlets to disseminate their research,” says Irene M.H. Herold, president of ACRL.

For more information, read the press release.

MIT Makes Database Creation Easier

The Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) launched a prototype version of a tool that can help spreadsheet users create custom database interfaces without expertise in complex scripting languages or data manipulation. “The program’s home screen looks like a spreadsheet, but it lets users build their own database queries and reports by combining functions familiar to any spreadsheet user,” according to the press release. “Simple drop-down menus let the user pull data into the tool from multiple sources. The user can then sort and filter the data, recombine it using algebraic functions, and hide unneeded columns and rows, and the tool will automatically generate the corresponding database queries.”

For more information, read the press release.



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