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May 16, 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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Google Invests in VR Initiatives

Google acquired Owlchemy Labs, which creates virtual reality (VR) games and experiences. Google writes, “They’ve helped set a high bar for what engagement can be like in virtual worlds, and do it all with a great sense of humor!” Owlchemy Labs will work with Google to create immersive games and new interaction models across various platforms.

For more information, read the blog post.

Moody's Will Acquire Bureau van Dijk

Moody’s, a global provider of credit risk measures and analytical insight, entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Bureau van Dijk, a global provider of business intelligence and company information. The transaction will cost about $3.27 billion and will allow Moody’s to create new risk solutions and expand its reach. Bureau van Dijk will be able to better serve its customers by combining its information platform with the Moody’s Analytics suite of risk management solutions.

For more information, read the press release.

ALA Asks Senate to Maintain Federal Funding for Libraries

The American Library Association (ALA) sent a letter signed by eight national companies—including Baker & Taylor, Gale, OverDrive, ProQuest, and Penguin Random House—to the senators who have not yet signed the letters circulating in the Senate that support continued federal funding for Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) programs. ALA urges these senators to sign the LSTA-IAL letters and asks constituents to reach out to them to encourage them to sign.

For more information, read the blog post.

DPLA Is on Track for Fall Ebook Pilot

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) posted an update on its ebook plans, including the launch of a pilot in early fall 2017 with three to five large public libraries and consortia. It is designed to help improve access to a wide selection of open and licensed ebooks through market-based methods. “DPLA’s approach to help libraries maximize access to ebooks and other e-content is to work with technology providers, publishers, distributors and public libraries to offer a comprehensive technology solution managed by DPLA,” according to the organization.

For more information, read the blog post.

RedLink Puts Its Editorial Engagement Tool in Test Phase

RedLink is working with Canadian Science Publishing to test Remarq, its new editorial engagement tool for publishers that has annotation, commenting, article sharing, and collaboration features. Remarq is now available on three Canadian Science Publishing journals, and in the coming weeks, it will add editor-initiated pools and discussions, post-publication reviews and updates, article recommendations, and more.

For more information, read the press release.

DPLA Explores the Age of American Imperialism

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) rolled out a new exhibition, titled American Empire, which covers the time period between the Spanish-American War and the mid-20th century. “Through the examination of the culture, administration, and development of American colonialism in Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and Hawaii, the exhibition explores the rise and fall of the American empire and its legacies,” according to DPLA. Sources featured in the exhibition include propaganda posters, administrative documents, photos, and video clips.

For more information, read the blog post.

OCLC and the Wikipedia Library Improve Citation Linking

OCLC joined forces with the Wikimedia Foundation’s Wikipedia Library to help editors link citations in Wikipedia to millions of library materials showcased in WorldCat. With the Wikimedia Foundation’s cite tool, editors can generate a full citation from a single identifier. The integration with the WorldCat Search API allows them to add citations that link back to WorldCat.

For more information, read the press release.

EBSCO Gets Certified Under Privacy Shield Framework

EBSCO Information Services self-certified under the European Union (EU)-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework, which helps companies transfer personal data from the EU to the U.S. while being protected as well as remaining transparent. “By participating in the E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework, EBSCO certified that it adheres to the framework’s principles, as set out by the US Department of Commerce, in the collection, use, and retention of personal information transferred from the European Union or the European Economic Area (EEA) to the United States,” EBSCO notes.

For more information, read the press release.

ITUC Looks at Global Employment

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) released the results of its annual poll, which shows that “73 percent of people are worried about losing their jobs and 80 percent say the minimum wage is not enough to live on. Half the population in thirteen of the G20 countries rate the economic situation in their country as bad.” According to Sharan Burrow, ITUC’s general secretary, globalization and interconnectedness have joined with technological progress and innovation to create wealth but marginalize working people.

For more information, read the press release.



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