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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

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ALA News Roundup and a Look Ahead to 2020
by Corilee Christou
Throughout 2019, ALA has been engaged in several key activities geared to not only promoting the value of libraries and librarians, but also to offering grant money to libraries in support of programs such as Libraries Ready to Code and Libraries Build Business. Read on for more on ALA's latest initiatives.

Weekly News Digests
Perspectives on Ex Libris' Acquisition of Innovative
Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, signed an agreement to acquire Innovative. Innovative will become a business unit within Ex Libris, with its products continuing to be supported. ... One industry reaction so far came from Roger Schonfeld, director of Ithaka S+R's Libraries, Scholarly Communication, and Museums program.
Improving Women's Opportunities in STEM Fields
"At a recent symposium hosted by McMaster University Library, computer scientist and gender equality trailblazer Rita Orji of Dalhousie University, and other experts, shared their thoughts on how to better support women in STEM fields."
'How NIH Is Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Operations' by Patti Brennan
Patti Brennan, director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), writes, "The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has been using AI to improve science and health … but it's also using AI in other ways."
TLC Upgrades Its Library Management Platform
The Library Corp. (TLC) updated its Library-Solution to version 5.5.2. According to the press release, "The most significant update … is the development of new inventory workflows."
TOME Rolls Out New Website for Its OA Efforts
The Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and Association of University Presses (AUPresses) introduced OpenMonographs.org, a new website for the TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem) initiative. ...

NewsLink Spotlight
Selling Ebooks: The Latest News From Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Rakuten Kobo
by Brandi Scardilli
With all of the turmoil in the library ebook market, I wanted to check in on the direct sales front. The companies generally thought of as the three biggest ebook retailers in North America (Amazon's Kindle product line, Barnes & Noble and its NOOK products, and Rakuten Kobo, which only deals in econtent and devices) have stayed relatively quiet this year as far as big innovations go, but each has released at least one new e-reader, and each has made efforts to connect with authors and readers.

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