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September 7, 2017 — 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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Reuters Gives Grants to Emerging Photojournalists

Reuters Pictures launched a photojournalism grant program of “up to eight $5,000 USD grants to passionate photojournalists or students of photojournalism from all backgrounds who are interested in working on photo assignments and projects to advance their abilities and tell new stories.” The photos they take will be distributed internationally on Reuters’ platforms. Reuters’ senior editor of special projects, Yannis Behrakis, will be the grant recipients’ advisor.

For more information, read the press release.

Yewno Discover Adds Content From Three New Sources

Yewno expanded its Yewno Discover content set with content from Project MUSE, Annual Reviews, and IOP Publishing. This allows the education sector to explore a visual set of connections more deeply on the Yewno platform. Yewno Discover also connects users to full articles and source materials by syncing with a library’s existing search tools and platforms—making publishers’ content more discoverable. Project MUSE works with 200-plus publishers whose content will enrich the connections Yewno Discover makes. Annual Reviews has 50 journals in the scientific disciplines, and IOP Publishing has books, magazines, and more than 70 journals. Yewno Discover now has more than 120 million content assets.

For more information, read the press release.

EBSCO Underwrites ARL Diversity Interns

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and EBSCO Information Services teamed up to provide four internships for ARL’s Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) program. It helps students from historically underrepresented groups get M.L.I.S. educations, mentoring relationships, leadership and professional development, and career placement assistance in academic and research libraries and archives. Nearly 200 students have been supported by IRDW since 2000. EBSCO will provide financial support for the internships, which will give students experience in academic libraries.

For more information, read the press release.

Elsevier Pledges Support for Transparency and Openness Promotion Guidelines

Elsevier became a signatory of the Center for Open Science’s Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines, a community-driven attempt to align research behaviors with the scientific ideals of transparency, open sharing, and reproducibility. Journals, funders, and institutions are encouraged to align their author or grantee guidelines with the TOP Guidelines. In addition to agreeing to use the TOP Guidelines, Elsevier developed new journal data guidelines that align with the TOP Data Standards, and the data guidelines are integrated into author submission system Evise.

For more information, read the press release.

O Is for ODILO: Sesame Street Titles Join Its Ebook Offerings

Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street? ODILO can! Its ebook platform now features a new collection for schools and libraries from Sesame Workshop. Titles include The Monster at the End of This Book (starring Grover) and Elmo Loves You, along with others in the Sesame Street and Pinky Dinky Doo lines. They cover learning the alphabet and numbers, celebrating holidays and milestones, and more.

“This is an important partnership to ODILO, as it helps us improve our entertaining and educational offerings for young children and extend our readership around the world,” says Nadine Billard, ODILO’s SVP of content acquisitions and strategic partnerships. The company’s lending models include one-copy/one-user, pay-per-use, and subscription. It offers more than 1 million titles in multiple languages.

For more information, read the press release.

BLOG BUZZ: 'Ugly Beliefs, Free Speech, and Libraries' by David Lee King

“Ok – for starters, just to be clear: bigotry and racism is always ugly, and is always repugnant and wrong. Violent acts because of those beliefs? Horrible, and illegal.

I’ll also say this – pretty much every library has ugly, repugnant, and wrong content in our library collections. For example, my library has Mein Kampf (it’s currently checked out).

Why bring this up? Because in light of recent events in Charlottesville and elsewhere, I’ve seen some of my library friends and colleagues talking about libraries NOT being neutral spaces.”

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Credo Extends Its Information Literacy Platform to Libraries in North Carolina

As a way to combat fake news, Credo partnered with NC LIVE, North Carolina’s library consortium, to give more than 200 academic and public libraries in the state access to Credo Online Reference Service so their patrons can engage in research gathering or finding personal topics of interest. Credo offers background knowledge, shows relationships between topics, and cites the information it provides. College students can use Credo’s Mind Map brainstorming tool and the Topic Pages information literacy teaching tool. Public library patrons can use NC LIVE’s EZProxy service to access Credo content on the go.

For more information, read the press release.

RedLink Integrates With ORCID for Researcher Transparency

RedLink integrated its Remarq collaboration tool with ORCID. Now, when users sign in to Remarq with their ORCID credentials, profiles will pre-populate in the tool. ORCID identifiers help researchers form transparent and trustworthy connections among other researchers, their contributions, and affiliations.

“We’re pleased to support ORCID as a member, while also providing a novel and interesting use-case for ORCID identifiers,” says Kent Anderson, RedLink’s CEO. “With ORCID, researchers will be able to quickly create profiles on Remarq, including their career highlights, publication history, and other key information.”

For more information, read the press release.

BLOG BUZZ: 'A Necessary Footnote' by Barbara Fister

“So, there’s currently a garbage fire happening in the library community. It’s like one of those landfill fires that smolders underground and pops up to the surface now and again and people rush around trying to put it out, bumping into each other, arguing about how to handle it, quoting policies at each other. By the time I finish writing this, it may be put out for a while, but not for long. It’s a big underground fire, and it’s right under our feet.”

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BLOG BUZZ: 'Free Speech, Curiosity, and More Nazis' by Annoyed Librarian

“According to Yougov, ‘Americans have always had a problem with free speech…. While the First Amendment may protect speech, many Americans would not allow dangerous speech or speech many of them disagree with.’ And they have the poll to prove it, at least until another poll comes along disproving it, which will probably be soon.

Why anyone still trusts polls after the last Presidential election is beyond me, but pollsters need something to do and pundits need something to write about, so here we go.”

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