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December 7, 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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Adam Matthew Uses Handwritten Text Recognition on Florence Nightingale Papers

Adam Matthew used its Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) technology to make the personal and professional papers of Florence Nightingale (from the Medical Services and Warfare collection) fully searchable for the first time. Other digitized documents in the collection show the development of medical practice in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

For more information, read the press release.

SAGE Adds Publications to RightsLink for Open Access

SAGE has expanded its investment in Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink for Open Access platform, which helps authors manage fee transactions for OA and other charges throughout the publication process. The partnership began in March 2015, when SAGE worked with RightsLink to implement an efficient, flexible, and scalable solution for managing article publication charges (APCs). SAGE has added 60 OA journals to RightsLink and will now work to add its full portfolio of hybrid OA publications.

For more information, read the press release.

NIH and NLM Partner to Recruit Participants for All of Us Program

The All of Us Research Program from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which gathers data about people in the U.S. to advance medical research and healthcare, joined forces with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to reach more participants through public libraries. They are entering a 3-year pilot program that aims to help public library staffers assist others in improving health literacy, give staffers information about All of Us that they can share with their communities, showcase libraries as resources for engaging with the program, develop an online platform for education and training about the program, and more.

For more information, read the press release.

LIBER Plans Five-Year Strategy Based on Sustainable Knowledge

LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) released its 2018–2022 strategy, titled Research Libraries Powering Sustainable Knowledge in the Digital Age. It features three strategic directions: research libraries as platforms for innovative scholarly communication, hubs for digital skills and services, and partners in research infrastructure. According to LIBER’s blog, some strategic goals are:
  • Research libraries will continue to be represented strongly in the ongoing European copyright reform process;
  • An annotated library of Data Management Plans will be published;
  • The state of Digital Humanities in European research libraries will be assessed and published;
  • Webinars on key Research Data Management topics will provide guidance;
  • Leadership training will be offered for current and aspiring library directors.

For more information, read the blog post.

EBSCO Showcases Rare Music-Related Periodicals

RIPM Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals is now available from EBSCO Information Services. Researchers can access more than 260 rare, primary source music periodicals that cover music and musical life in 20-plus countries in Europe and the Americas from 1760 to 1966. There are 170 of the periodicals available as full-text documents.

For more information, read the press release.

Amazon Web Services Unveils Alexa for Business

Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched Alexa for Business, which gives companies the ability to use voice assistance in their offices. It can automate tasks such as starting conference calls, controlling conference room equipment, scheduling meetings, tracking tasks, or reordering supplies. Salesforce, Concur, Polycom, and other companies are offering integrations that increase Alexa for Business’ functionality. It can also be customized with company-specific skills that integrate with IT applications and office systems.

For more information, read the press release.

Authors Alliance Gives Nonfiction Authors Guidance on Fair Use

Authors Alliance rolled out a set of guidelines—“Fair Use for Nonfiction Authors”—that “is designed to empower authors to exercise their right to use source materials to further their research and writing goals by helping them to make confident fair use decisions,” according to the press release. It helps authors understand how to properly use song lyrics in an academic paper, quote from a novel in a work of literary criticism, incorporate a photograph into an article, quote from unpublished letters in a memoir, and more. It also addresses three common situations nonfiction authors come across: discussing copyrighted material, using copyrighted material to support a point, and using copyrighted material for non-consumptive research. There are FAQs about fair use and rebuttals of common fair use misconceptions.

For more information, read the press release.

W3C Promotes Accessibility

The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) released “Introduction to Web Accessibility and W3C Standards,” a 4-minute video about how accessibility for people with disabilities is essential and useful for everyone. It is part of a project from the Internet Society, whose theme is The Internet Is for Everyone.

For more information, read the press release.

VitalSource and eCampus.com Make Digital Reading Easier

VitalSource and virtual bookstore provider eCampus.com partnered to give higher education and K–12 students 100% online and offline access to VitalSource’s Vault digital textbook reader on Windows, Mac, Kindle Fire, Chromebook, and other major OSs. eCampus.com uses Vault as its exclusive e-textbook platform, and it uses VitalSource’s delivery technology to provide courseware and flexible learning solutions for enhanced student engagement.

For more information, read the press release.

TLC Upgrades Library-Solution Tool With Better Cataloging Functionality

The Library Corp. (TLC) introduced Library•Solution v5.0, which features LS2 Cataloging, a new, web-based cataloging module for higher-quality search and discovery. It also has enhancements to other ILS modules, such as the addition of location groups for managing e-resources, and “performs powerful authority control, record purify, Unicode conversion and RDAizes records, applying a linked data approach to cataloging and discovery,” according to the press release. Current Library•Solution customers can upgrade to v5.0 at no additional cost.

For more information, read the press release.



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