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February 11, 2020 — 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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Five Library Associations Create the Public Library Data Alliance

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announced that five library associations—ALA, the Public Library Association (PLA), the Association for Rural & Small Libraries, Inc. (ARSL), COSLA (Chief Officers of State Library Agencies), and the Urban Libraries Council (ULC)—“have signed on to support a national data alliance for public libraries that will enhance opportunities for strategic action around data to reflect the role and impact of public libraries at the local, regional, state and national levels.” A component of the Measures That Matter initiative, the Public Library Data Alliance will have IMLS as a liaison and NISO as its first-year secretariat. An open call for participation is forthcoming, with work planned to commence in Q2 2020.

NISO notes, “In addition to representatives from the associations, the Alliance’s membership will include practitioners from local and state libraries and other stakeholders. … [T]he Alliance will be well positioned to propose comprehensive strategies for sharing library best-practices and large-scale efforts to improve library services through robust and intentional data collection.”

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