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April 9, 2019 — 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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Congress Gets Another Shot at Textbook Affordability Bill

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) praised the reintroduction of the Affordable College Textbook Act into both chambers of the U.S. Congress (HR 3840 and S 1864 at Congress.gov) by senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Angus King (I-Maine), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.). The bill, which has been reintroduced multiple times, “aims to make higher education more affordable for students by expanding the use and awareness of open educational resources,” according to SPARC.

For more information, read the press release.

National Library Week Resources

April 7–13 is National Library Week, “an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities.” The 2019 theme is Libraries = Strong Communities. On its website, ALA offers free tools people can use to spread awareness, such as print and digital graphics and sample social media posts, as well as a toolkit and a list of ways to celebrate.

For more information, visit ALA’s webpage.

AWS Commits to Using More Wind Power

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is opening three new wind farms—in Ireland, Sweden, and the U.S.—to support its long-term goal of powering 100% of its global infrastructure with renewable energy. In 2018, AWS reached more than 50% renewable energy power. 

“These projects are well-positioned to serve AWS data centers in Ireland, Sweden, and the US,” says Peter DeSantis, VP of global infrastructure and customer support at AWS. “We expect more projects in 2019 as we continue toward our goal of powering all AWS global infrastructure with renewable energy.”

For more information, read the press release.

Research Reproducibility Startups Join Digital Science

Digital Science added Gigantum (a data science platform) and Ripeta (an automated reproducibility assessment tool) to its stable of companies. The startups, both based in the U.S., “are playing a key role in making scientific research reproducible and more transparent,” Digital Science notes. Ripeta is working on a “credit report” designed to help scientific publications improve their communication of research, and the Gigantum platform supports large-scale, data-oriented scientific research.

For more information, read the press release.

U.S. Copyright Office Sets Its Next Strategic Plan

The U.S. Copyright Office rolled out its 2019–2023 strategic plan, which describes how the organization “will streamline and improve the efficiency of services while actively participating in discussions, both national and international, on ways to further transform the Office to better meet the needs of a modern digital society.” It has six areas of focus: IT modernization, business process optimization, organizational change management, education and engagement, impartial expertise on copyright law and policy, and success measurement.

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