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Weekly News Digest

February 12, 2015 — 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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CAS and FIZ Karlsruhe Introduce New STN Platform

STN, operated jointly by Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) and FIZ Karlsruhe, has a new platform that delivers essential, value-added intellectual property (IP) content from CAS databases and Thomson Reuters’ Derwent World Patent Index, as well as from other biomedical databases (such as BIOSIS and MEDLINE) and full-text patent information sources from around the world.

Other new platform features include interface refinements for better efficiency and usability, additional thesauri, highly requested hit chemical structure displays, and enhanced search power. According to its website, the “new STN revolutionizes patent searching by making it possible to explore the high-quality content STN offers to quickly find answers and develop unique insights.”

For more information, read the press release.

60 Minutes Archive Comes to Alexander Street Press

Alexander Street Press and CBS News announced the creation of 60 MINUTES: 1997-2014, an online database of content from 60 Minutes that will be released in March 2015. The collection, which is exclusive to Alexander Street Press, offers unprecedented access to 350 hours of high-definition video constituting 17 years of episodes, as well as 175 hours of bonus material from CBS News’ Sunday Morning

Users will be able to search for and jump to the segments they need. Topics covered in the collection include history, business and economics, international affairs, and the performing arts.

For more information, read the press release.

NISO Takes On UKSG's Transfer Code of Practice for Journals

NISO (National Information Standards Organization) will now support and maintain UKSG’s Transfer Code of Practice, which provides voluntary publisher guidelines for transferring journal titles between parties so that the content remains easily accessible to librarians and readers. UKSG initiated the project in response to problems that occurred when journal titles changed platform providers or owners.

The code has been republished as a NISO Recommended Practice, with all of its supporting documentation housed on NISO’s website.

For more information, read the press release.

Credo Announces Webinar on Information Literacy Instruction

Credo will host a new webinar, Designing Assignments for Information Literacy and Library Instruction, which will provide tools and best practices for helping librarians improve students’ research skills and better collaborate with faculty. Melissa Engleman, instructional design and library specialist at Credo, will discuss how information literacy instruction has changed and address common issues.

It will premiere on Feb. 10, 2015, at 6 p.m. EST. A second session is scheduled for Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. EST.

For more information, read the press release.

EBSCO Health Releases New DynaMed App

EBSCO Health’s DynaMed clinical reference tool now has an updated app for iOS and Android devices. It was redesigned to facilitate quick, easy access to the tool’s evidence-based content for finding answers to clinical questions.

Key features include an enhanced user experience, seamless authentication, offline access, and the ability to save favorites and notes. Physicians who subscribe to DynaMed can download it for free.

“Our goal at EBSCO Health is to make DynaMed accessible from all points of access. The new app takes a big step closer to this goal of putting DynaMed everywhere,” says Betsy Jones, EBSCO Health’s VP of medical product management and chief content officer.

For more information, read the press release.

Google Puts Medical Information Front and Center

Google announced that it is now prominently offering health information in its search results, including typical symptoms and treatments for the searched condition, whether it’s contagious, and other relevant details. Some searches also return high-quality illustrations from licensed medical illustrators.

According to the company, one in 20 Google searches are for health-related information. “[W]hen you ask Google about common health conditions, you’ll start getting relevant medical facts right up front from the Knowledge Graph,” says Prem Ramaswami, a Google product manager. Then, “you should find it easier to do more research on other sites around the web, or know what questions to ask your doctor.”

A team of medical professionals worked with Google to compile, curate, and review the information, and it was checked for accuracy by doctors at Google and the Mayo Clinic.

For more information, read the press release.

Authors Can Now View Citation Counts in Kudos

Citation counts from Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science are live in Kudos’ author dashboard. In addition to accessing the number of views on Kudos’ site and on the publisher’s site, users can see how many times their publication has been cited and link to the Web of Science, which shows a list of the citing articles.

Web of Science’s figures are based on citation counts in thousands of publications and databases, such as Inspec and FSTA (Food Science and Technology Abstracts). Kudos notes that its numbers may differ from those in other services because the citations are based on a different set of sources.

For more information, read the press release.

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