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Tuesday, December 07, 2021

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Online Collaborative Learning With Shamaym
by Larissa Pack
One of the biggest challenges with starting a project, using a new tool, or implementing a different process is learning the information and skills that are necessary for success. Although information professionals tend to have an interest in furthering their education, understanding that new piece of software or that new grant application process can be stressful and is often inefficient at an institutional level. But what if every opportunity to learn that occurred within your place of work was categorized, cataloged, and just a click away?

Weekly News Digests
SPARC Reacts to Clarivate's Completed Acquisition of ProQuest
Clarivate announced on Dec. 1, 2021, that it has completed its acquisition of ProQuest. SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) issued a statement in response. ...
eLife and PREreview Partner With African Organizations to Train Peer Reviewers
eLife and PREreview joined forces with AfricaArXiv, Eider Africa, and the Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa) to create a peer-review training course for early-career and mid-career researchers in Africa.
Carnegie Mellon University Unveils Podcast Season on the History of Computing
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Libraries launched the second season of Cut Pathways, a podcast from CMU's Oral History Program. The six-episode season, titled "The Wild West of Computing," looks at the history of computer science at CMU from 1956 to 1987.
Florida State University Partners With Public Libraries to Create Resiliency Hubs
Florida State University (FSU) is working on a project to make libraries into disaster response centers. Kelsey Klopfenstein writes the following for FSU: "The increasing frequency of natural catastrophes and their uneven impact on vulnerable populations calls for the development of disaster Resiliency Hubs."
NISO Updates Its Access & License Indicators Recommended Practice
NISO (National Information Standards Organization) published an updated version of its Access & License Indicators (ALI) Recommended Practice, which originally came out in 2015.

NewsLink Spotlight
Pew Research Center Updates From Another Pandemic Year
by Brandi Scardilli
NewsBreaks often covers recent surveys and reports from Pew Research Center, "a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world." Its website has 12 topic sections, each showcasing the latest research, which is collected in reports, fact sheets, or other formats that extrapolate respondents' answers to cover the entire U.S. (or other) population. The reports have a summary page that includes the methodology for how the information was collected and a link to download and read the full report. The following are some of the latest reports from 2021.

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The Accidental Taxonomist, 3rd edition
The Accidental Taxonomist, 3rd edition
by Heather Hedden
Foreword by Stephanie Lemieux
The Accidental Taxonomist is the most comprehensive guide available to the art and science of building information taxonomies. Heather Hedden—a leading taxonomy expert and instructor—walks readers through the process, displaying her trademark ability to present highly technical information in straightforward, comprehensive English.

In this fully revised third edition, Hedden adds an entirely new chapter on ontologies, emphasizes the SKOS model of concepts over the traditional thesaurus model of terms, and provides new insights into taxonomy development techniques. She presents fresh survey data; new screenshots and examples; and updated information on software, career opportunities, and resources for taxonomists.

2022/502pp softbound/ISBN 978-1-57387-586-8 | $47.50

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