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January 10, 2017 — 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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hoopla Increases Circulation of Its Content

hoopla added thousands of ebooks and audiobooks to its collection from new publisher partners, including ABRAMS, Britannica Digital Learning, and Sourcebooks. The company also announced that the circulation of content has more than doubled in the past year, to 6.3 million transactions in 2016. More than 70% of its ebooks, audiobooks, and comics have been checked out.

For more information, read the press release.

D&B Acquires Avention

D&B acquired Avention (whose OneSource solutions help companies better understand their customers, prospects, and market opportunities) for $150 million. This purchase makes D&B a leader in the sales acceleration market, which gives sales and marketing professionals actionable information that is enhanced by software. Now, D&B’s company and contact data will be delivered via Avention’s software.

For more information, read the press release.

Judith Russell Selected for 2017 Miles Conrad Award

The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) announced that Judith Russell, the dean of university libraries at the University of Florida, will give the Miles Conrad Memorial Lecture at its annual conference, which will be held Feb. 26–28, 2017. She will receive the 2017 Miles Conrad Award at the conference for her “significant achievements in librarianship and for her leadership in information services throughout a career spanning academia, government, the non-profit and private sectors,” according to the press release. Russell is a former NFAIS president and board member.

For more information, read the press release.

ProQuest Shares Information Literacy Survey Results

ProQuest published a report on the results of its information literacy-focused survey of 200-plus librarians from university, community college, high school, and public libraries. It finds that 97% of respondents say having an information literacy skill set contributes to workplace success, but 44% think that their library could do more to support information literacy instruction. This is due to budget constraints and limited staffing, respondents said.

For more information, read the press release.

Clarivate Analytics Unveils Top 100 Innovators List

Clarivate Analytics announced its 2016 Top 100 Global Innovators list. This sixth annual ranking of companies shows that the volume of patents filed has decreased and grant rates have increased. There has also been an increase in R&D spending, to more than $227 billion total for all the listed companies. The list is calculated using data from the Web of Science, Derwent World Patents Index, and Cortellis and measures patent volume, patent-grant success rates, global reach, and invention influence.

For more information, read the press release.

W3C Releases New Documents

The Spatial Data on the Web Working Group, which is a collaboration between the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), published QB4ST extensions to the RDF Data Cube, the document Publishing and Using Earth Observation Data with the RDF Data Cube and the Discrete Global Grid System, the latest draft of the Semantic Sensor Network Ontology, and an update to the Spatial Data on the Web Best Practices.

For more information, read the press release.

Innovative Creates Android Version of MyLibrary! App

Innovative introduced MyLibrary! Release 2.0, which expands its app to Android devices as well as iOS ones, allowing it to reach a wider audience. This second release also provides new ways for libraries to interact with their patrons via social media—they can import their Facebook or Twitter feed onto the app’s home screen—as well as a redesign of the Patron Account screen, key menu actions, and the scroll function for the social media feed.

For more information, read the press release.

VR First Provides Virtual Reality Survey Results

VR First revealed the results of its survey of 151 universities in 38 countries, which show that there has been a worldwide increase in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) adoption at universities. The current average is 18 students per one headset, and 65% of respondents are planning to create a lab for VR and AR developers. The top focus areas for universities are game development, education, and healthcare.

For more information, read the press release.

Federal Register Goes Live on govinfo

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) announced that issues of the Federal Register that were published from 1990 to 1994 are now available digitally on govinfo. Additional issues will follow, with more than 2 million pages digitized by the end of the project. The Federal Register dates back to 1936.

For more information, read the press release.

Piper Encourages Students' Artistic Expression

Piper, a startup focused on STEM education, launched the ImagineOS software, which enables 3D printing (PowerUp) and digital music creation and sharing (PipHop) through interactive games. It will be free for existing Piper customers. Students can use the PowerUp game within ImagineOS to connect wires and components and build hardware to create viable scans that can be sent to a 3D printer. They can use PipHop, a music sequencer, to program, play, record, and share music. It launches with a piano and a drum kit and will add new instruments, scales, and microphone inputs in future updates.

For more information, view the Piper website.



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