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Tuesday, April 25, 2023

A Walk in the Open Fields: The Best Tools for Wildlife and Habitat Studies
by David Haden
Spring is finally here, and summer ecology fieldwork projects are already being prepared. Imagine that a volunteer fieldworker springs a question on you, asking about open sources. She is doing a summer study of animal droppings, perhaps. Where do you begin? In this NewsBreak, I offer some starting points for open sources to be used by those undertaking practical work with specific wildlife, plants, or habitats.

Weekly News Digests
Kudos Introduces a Premium Product Suite for Enhanced Showcases
Kudos launched a premium product suite featuring state-of-the-art Showcases for research that is in various stages: before, during, or after publication.
Class Online Learning Company Plans ChatGPT-Based Teaching Assistant
Class, a provider of learning sessions for virtual K-12 education, will release the A.I. Teaching Assistant, which will be powered by ChatGPT.
HarperCollins Books Come to the OverDrive Max Access Model
OverDrive has made more than 400,000 ebook and e-audiobook titles available in its Marketplace via the OverDrive Max access model, which allows libraries to buy bundles of 100 loans for specific titles that can be lent with flexibility for concurrent use based on demand for them and with no expiration date.
JSTOR Begins a Path to Open Pilot With the Big Ten Academic Alliance
JSTOR signed a multiyear pilot agreement with the research libraries of the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) to allow BTAA to become part of Path to Open, JSTOR's sustainable publishing model for frontlist university press monographs.
CCC Unveils New Report on the State of Scholarly Metadata
CCC published "The State of Scholarly Metadata: 2023." This visual report was conducted in collaboration with Media Growth Strategies, and it "depicts the complexities and value of metadata throughout the scholarly research lifecycle."

NewsLink Spotlight
A Day in the Life of Five Librarians, Part 10
by Justin Hoenke
Justin Hoenke, who has worked in public libraries in the U.S. and New Zealand and offers consultancy services for public libraries, has been talking to all types of library staffers for A Day in the Life, his column in Information Today. Among other things, he asks them about their typical days, moments that made them proud, their current projects, and how they see the library field evolving. Here's a look at his columns from September 2022 to March 2023, which have been lightly edited and condensed for the web. 

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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.

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