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IFLA Puts Access to Information on the Global Agenda
by Marydee Ojala
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) bills itself as the "trusted global voice of the library and information profession." Nothing demonstrates the value of this voice more than the association's ability to put access to information on the global agenda. A recent major achievement for IFLA was its success at the United Nations' (UN) deliberations over the post-2015 development agenda, now known as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Cengage Learning Releases MindTap Mobile App
Cengage Learning introduced MindTap Mobile, an iOS and Android app for the MindTap elearning platform to help students stay organized, use short periods of time to study, and interact with instructors.
CCC Adds Publisher Partners to RightFind XML for Mining
Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) signed two new publishers to its RightFind XML for Mining solution: Oxford University Press (OUP) and Nature Publishing Group (NPG). When publishers adopt the service, they receive usage reports that help them make decisions about text and data mining (TDM), which influence their content-development strategy.
STM's Article-Sharing Principles Get Update
STM released a revised version of its "Voluntary Principles for Article Sharing on Scholarly Collaboration Networks." Based on feedback from a consultation in early 2015, the principles list a set of core beliefs. ...
InfoDesk Plans New Version of PipelinePlus
InfoDesk will launch a new drug research platform, PipelinePlus 2.0, which has an enhanced interface and updated search options and visualization capabilities. It will be available for general release in November 2015.
GPO Offers Electronic Code of Federal Regulations in XML Format
The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the National Archives and Records Administration's Office of the Federal Register (OFR) made all of the titles in the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR) available in XML format to facilitate one-click bulk data download from the GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys).

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Alexa and Siri at the Library: How Librarians Are Tapping Into the Internet of Things
by Brandi Scardilli
The Amazon Echo (powered by the cloud-based voice service Alexa) and the Apple Watch (featuring digital assistant Siri) are two of the latest products designed to make people's lives easier by quickly retrieving information and performing actions when prompted. Part of the Internet of Things (IoT), these devices receive updates from their respective cloud servers so they can always provide the most up-to-date answers. ... Librarians have been following the developments of the IoT closely, and they're finding that Alexa and Siri have uses beyond telling jokes and reminding you when you have an appointment. They've become indispensable for the following information professionals, who share their experiences and show how the library world can benefit from connected devices such as the Echo and the Apple Watch and their disembodied assistants.
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