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Weekly News Digest

January 7, 2016 — 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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Blackboard to Launch X-Ray Analytics in Moodlerooms

Blackboard plans to integrate X-Ray Analytics, which it acquired in July 2015, into Moodlerooms with a live global launch at 11 a.m. EST on Jan. 11, 2016. During the launch, Moodlerooms will demonstrate how X-Ray Analytics enhances the learning management system (LMS) experience. For example, it aggregates students’ performance data and gives educators feedback so they can optimize student outcomes and identify at-risk students.

For more information, read the article.

Credo Updates Essentials Collections

Credo introduced new content to its Essentials Collections and curated 10 of them by subject so libraries can offer foundational scholarly titles to their patrons. Additionally, Credo’s subject matter experts can help libraries create their own customized collections, by drawing from 3,000-plus titles in more than 80 disciplines. New and expanded Credo partners include the University of Washington Press, Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., and Elsevier’s Science and Technology Books.

For more information, read the press release.

Alexander Street Offers New Round of Film Scripts

Alexander Street released a new collection of classic, contemporary, and international screenplays. Film Scripts Online: Volume II adds to its original database of 1,000 previously unpublished feature film scripts. This second volume is composed of 500 scripts and coincides with a platform upgrade for the original American Film Scripts Online Series. They come from sources such as the BFI (British Film Institute) and STUDIOCANAL.

For more information, read the press release.

Wikipedia Celebrates Its 15th Birthday With Librarian-Centric Campaign

The Wikipedia Library team invites librarians to help Wikipedia celebrate its 15th birthday on Jan. 15, 2016, by adding one reference to any Wikipedia article. The organization will host #1Lib1Ref, a weeklong, global campaign to engage peers in global research, library, and cultural sectors. It encourages librarians to participate by tweeting about the campaign, writing blog posts, hosting webinars or other educational activities about how to contribute to Wikipedia, and more. This initiative will help display how Wikipedia’s mission is aligned with the work of librarians, as well as knowledge and cultural professionals.

For more information, read the message.

Elsevier Adds to Knovel Interactive Equations

Elsevier expanded Knovel Interactive Equations to include coverage of chemical, mechanical, and civil engineering on new equations on section properties, shear and stress, subsurface structural engineering, oil and gas processing equipment operation, and steam properties. It now features more than 1,100 equations in eight subject areas, with interactivity via the Knovel platform.

“Typically trapped in old text books or flat PDF files, equations are simultaneously one of the most powerful but underutilized tools in an engineer’s toolbox,” says Ken Klapproth, Elsevier’s VP of engineering and technology solutions marketing. “The online Knovel platform makes the equations foundational to every engineering discipline easily discoverable while their interactivity makes them immediately actionable so engineers can quickly find, manipulate, solve and share models describing complex relationships and physical phenomena.”

For more information, read the press release.

Project Information Literacy Studies College Graduates

Project Information Literacy (PIL) released a new research report, “Staying Smart: How Today’s Graduates Continue to Learn Once They Complete College.” It is open access (OA) and may be used without permission for noncommercial purposes as long as it is appropriately cited. There are two versions available: with appendices or without.

For more information, read the report.

Thomson Reuters Deepens Partnership With Ringgold

Thomson Reuters’ ScholarOne Manuscripts platform integrated Ringgold’s Identify Database of more than 400,000 institutional records. The partnership is now active for the 6,400 journals served by ScholarOne Manuscripts. ScholarOne will rely on the database to enforce accuracy standards for the institutional affiliations of journals’ authors, contributors, reviewers, and editors. Users can select the correct institution from an Identify-populated search and embed Ringgold identifiers and institution names into manuscript metadata or user profiles.

For more information, read the press release.

British Library Makes Digitization Progress on Historic Maps

According to The Art Newspaper, the British Library is a quarter of the way through its project to re-catalog, digitize, and conserve King George III’s collection of 50,000 maps dating from around 1500 to 1824. The project includes the Klencke Atlas, the world’s second-largest atlas, which Dutch sugar merchant Johannes Klencke gave to King Charles II in 1660. The digitized atlas and maps will be available on the library’s Transforming Topography website.

For more information, read the article.

Google Apps for Work Starts New Program for Microsoft Users

According to Business Insider, “Google is making an aggressive move to grow its Google Apps for Work business” by enticing big companies to switch from Microsoft Office to Google Apps for Work. Companies under a Microsoft enterprise agreement—a 3-year contract that offers deep discounts on Office and other enterprise apps—can begin using Google’s product for free. They must promise to use Google Apps for Work’s productivity tools for 1 year at $5 per user per month after their Microsoft agreement ends.

For more information, read the article.

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