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Weekly News Digest

September 28, 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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W3C Plans Executive Forum Conference

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is hosting the inaugural Web Executive Forum on Nov. 8, 2017, in San Francisco. Its director, Tim Berners-Lee, and other experts from companies such as American Express, Google, Intel, Mozilla, and Samsung will discuss emerging technology trends and how the web impacts business and industry.

The W3C expects that senior executives from Silicon Valley and international leaders in the automotive, entertainment, financial services, gaming, real estate, and retail industries will also attend. Sessions will include Future of Payments on the Web; Connected Cars, Cities and the Web; and Emerging Technologies. Advance registration is open to the public.

For more information, read the press release.

APA Applauds Withdrawal of Cassidy-Graham Bill

The American Psychological Association (APA) issued a statement on the withdrawal of the Cassidy-Graham healthcare bill. Its president, Antonio E. Puente, said, “We are grateful to Senators John McCain, Susan Collins and the others who opposed the Cassidy-Graham health care legislation because of its projected harmful effects on insurance coverage, Medicaid and access to mental health and substance use services. We now ask Congress to take the constructive steps needed to strengthen the health insurance exchanges and increase coverage options. … APA will continue to work with those who are committed to provide basic health insurance protections for consumers and reinforce our social safety net.”

For more information, read the press release.

OCLC Commissions Report on Library Funding Support

OCLC is partnering with the Public Library Association (PLA) and the ALA Office for Library Advocacy to update OCLC’s 2008 report, “From Awareness to Funding: A Study of Library Support in America.” Four library advisors, including PLA president Pam Smith, are guiding the research effort, and the Leo Burnett agency will conduct a national household survey. As in 2008, the focus will be on voter attitudes and perceptions about library funding, but this year, there will be questions on federal funding for libraries and additional response options related to library programs and services. OCLC plans to release the new report in early 2018.

For more information, read the press release.

Atypon Hosts OA Earth and Space Science Preprints

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) and Atypon will join forces to create the Earth and Space Science Open Archive (ESSOAr), an open community server for preprints and conference presentations, including posters and related multimedia. According to Atypon, “Development of the server, community engagement, and policies and practices will be a community effort guided by an international advisory board that will include representatives from societies across the Earth and space sciences.” ESSOAr will be built on Atypon’s Literatum platform, and it will begin accepting content in 2018.

For more information, read the press release.

Credo Studies Information Literacy in Colleges

Credo began a new research project to identify the predictable misunderstandings about information literacy that affect first-year college students. Partnering on this project is Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, a professor and coordinator for information literacy services and instruction at the University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign. She and her team will use Credo’s research skills survey from 2016 to study data on hundreds of students and faculty members that reveals students’ misconceptions about information literacy.

“The current research tells us that students of all ages struggle with basic information literacy competencies like selecting an appropriate research topic and evaluating sources for bias,” says Ian Singer, Credo’s general manager. “Furthermore, college librarians only get so many chances to reach students through instruction, so making the most of those opportunities by anticipating problem areas is crucial to maximizing student success.”

For more information, read the press release.

Clarivate Analytics Publishes 2017 State of Innovation Report

Clarivate Analytics released its 2017 State of Innovation report, titled “The Relentless Desire to Advance.” This eighth annual study shows that the growth rate for year-over-year research and patent activity in 12 industries slowed in 2016. But according to the press release, “Patent volume is still on an upward trajectory, with over 2.6 million published patents in 2016. This indicates that global corporations, universities, government agencies and research institutions are continuing to relentlessly contribute new solutions to address the world's biggest problems.” The highest rate of growth, 39%, came from the food, beverage, and tobacco industry.

For more information, read the press release.

JoVE Science Education Adds Laboratory Videos

JoVE launched Lab Safety and Lab Animal Research Collections as part of its Biology Series and expanded its Chemistry Series in JoVE Science Education, a video library of easy-to-understand demonstrations. Scientists and students can use the Lab Safety videos to learn how to operate safely in biomedical laboratories while handling hazardous materials and equipment. They can use Lab Animal Research to learn how to responsibly care for and engage with lab animals, especially rodents. The Chemistry Series now maps more comprehensively to undergraduate chemistry curricula, such as basic biochemistry, additional organic chemistry topics, and, in October, inorganic chemistry.

For more information, read the press release.

Accessible Archives Joins COUNTER

Accessible Archives, Inc. announced that it has joined COUNTER as a full member and will become fully compliant with the COUNTER Code of Practice Release 5, which features four Master Reports that make flexibility a priority when reporting usage of resources.

“Members make COUNTER possible. Their expertise and support help develop and maintain the Code of Practice to a high standard. Members benefit by being eligible for membership on committees and working groups as vacancies arise. Members also receive our newsletters, ensuring they are up-to-date with developments and can be first to register for events. Their feedback through our annual membership survey informs our priorities every year,” says Lorraine Estelle, COUNTER’s director.

For more information, read the blog post.

eLife and CKF Develop Open Source Submissions Platform

eLife teamed up with the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (CKF) to build a fast, user-driven, open source submission and peer review platform. It will help streamline communications among authors, editors, and reviewers at all stages of the submission and review processes so they spend less, but more effective, time on the platform. Built on CKF’s PubSweet framework, its modules can be composed in different ways and reused across publishers. eLife and others can build new features for it depending on users’ needs.

For more information, read the press release.

EBSCO's 'Serials Price Projections 2018' Report Goes Live

EBSCO Information Services rolled out its “Serials Price Projections 2018” report, which predicts that overall publisher price increases for academic and academic/medical libraries will be about 5%–6%. The report is based on surveys from a wide range of publishers and reviews of historical serials pricing data, and it “looks at market dynamics highlighting many issues that have driven the scholarly information marketplace for several years including: library budgets, Open Access, government mandates, shifts in political climates, new assessment and evaluation tools and alternative distribution networks,” according to the press release. This year, the report also covers organized piracy.

For more information, read the press release.

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