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Weekly News Digest

February 22, 2018 — 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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OCLC's CEO Writes Book on Leadership and Success

OCLC’s president and CEO, Skip Prichard, became a bestselling author with the release of his first book, The Book of Mistakes: 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future. It is number 19 on Publishers Weekly’s National Hardcover Non-Fiction Bestsellers List. According to OCLC, “the book is a fast-paced and instructive story of one man’s transformation—from unhappy and stymied to happy and fulfilled—that readers of all ages and job levels can learn from.” Prichard maintains the Leadership Insights blog, on which he conducts interviews to learn about leadership and success, and the book is an extension of that research.

“And although the mistakes and principles discussed in the book are backed by research, it is skillfully written as a fictional story rather than a book of research,” OCLC writes. Prichard says, “I wanted to write something that you could read in one sitting and enjoy a fictional escape, but walk away with ideas that can change your future. There’s hidden power in a good story.”

For more information, read the press release.

CILIP Poll Shows That Librarians Are One of the Most Trustworthy Professional Groups

CILIP commissioned a January 2018 YouGov poll of 2,000 adults in Great Britain to discover which professional groups are considered to provide the most trustworthy information. Medical staffers were number one on the list (74% of respondents said they were trustworthy). Next were teachers and police officers (at 49%), librarians (46%), and lawyers (39%). Only 2% of respondents found politicians trustworthy. Professionals of any kind were mostly found to be trustworthy providers of information (84%), and 66% said that finding trustworthy information is harder than ever.

For more information, read the blog post.

Credo Gives Context to the News With Bloomberg's QuickTakes

Credo partnered with Bloomberg Media Distribution to make Bloomberg’s QuickTake news explainers available via the Credo Online Reference Service’s Real-time Reference category. This will help users build context when learning about current events by giving them background information in short essays. With Real-time Reference, users can identify sources on topics that are of real-time importance, and now they have 125 Classic QuickTakes from Bloomberg’s archives to provide well-vetted information. There is no additional cost for Credo users to access the QuickTakes, which will be updated (and new ones will be added) on a regular basis.

For more information, read the press release.

Five Female Scientists in Developing Countries Get Major Award

The 2018 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World went to five researchers in the physical sciences field: Hasibun Naher (BRAC University in Bangladesh, for her work in applied mathematics), Germaine Djuidje Kenmoe (University of Yaounde 1 in Cameroon, for physics), Silvia González Pérez (Private Technical University of Loja in Ecuador, for theoretical and computational chemistry), Dawn Iona Fox (University of Guyana, for environmental and material chemistry), and Witri Wahyu Lestari (UNS in Indonesia, for organometallic and coordination chemistry).

“These scientists are living proof that, if given the opportunities and support, women all over the developing world can become leaders in their field. I salute them all and commend them for their commitment to their fields of study and to the improvement of the lives of men, women and children in their communities. They serve as role models for all young girls and women aspiring to achieve success in their fields,” says Jennifer Thomson, president of the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD).

For more information, read the press release.

Intel Is Working on Hack-Proof Computers

According to Tim Collins at, “Powerful computers capable of mind-boggling calculations have moved ‘a step closer’ to reality, thanks to a breakthrough at Intel. The technology firm has created a programmable quantum processor made with silicon, the same material used in conventional chips. Previous developments in quantum computing have relied on special superconductive materials that work in near absolute-zero temperatures—making them difficult to create. Intel’s new device is a move closer to the creation of quantum chips that work in real-world conditions. It could also pave the way for machines that are completely impenetrable to hackers using conventional methods of attack.”

For more information, read the article.

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