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Weekly News Digest

May 1, 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.

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Reuters Announces Europe's Most Innovative Universities

Reuters put out its third annual ranking of Europe’s Most Innovative Universities, which is based on data from Clarivate Analytics’ Derwent Innovation and Web of Science. “The list identifies and ranks the educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies, and help drive the global economy,” according to Clarivate Analytics.

Belgium’s KU Leuven tops the list for three years in a row, with Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge in the U.K. at the second and third spots. For the full list, see Reuters’ website.

For more information, read the blog post.

IMLS Honors National Medal for Museum and Library Service Recipients

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced the 10 winners of the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, which honors “institutions that provide dynamic programming and services that exceed expected levels of service. Through their community outreach, these institutions bring about change that touches the lives of individuals and helps communities thrive,” according to the press release. The winners are:
  • Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus (Denver)
  • The Detroit Historical Society (Detroit)
  • El Paso Museum of Art (El Paso, Texas)
  • Georgetown Public Library (Georgetown, Texas)
  • History Museum at the Castle (Appleton, Wis.)
  • Orange County Library System (Orlando, Fla.)
  • Pueblo City-County Library District (Pueblo, Colo.)
  • Reading Public Library (Reading, Pa.)
  • Rochester Public Library (Rochester, Minn.)
  • University of Oregon’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History (Eugene, Ore.)

They will receive their awards on May 24 during an event at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.

For more information, read the press release.

'Amazon Made Prime Indispensable--Here's How' by Seth Fiegerman

Seth Fiegerman writes on CNN Tech, “Last week, Bezos revealed that Prime now has more than 100 million members around the world, lured by the promise of a frictionless experience for all their shopping needs online and, increasingly, offline too.

“Now Amazon wants you to pay more for it. Amazon announced Thursday that it will raise the annual price of Prime from $99 to $119 to help offset the rising costs of providing the service.

“While there is certain to be an outcry over the price hike, analysts expect consumers to loosen their purse strings precisely because Prime has become indispensable for so many households.”

For more information, read the article.

Talis and OCLC Integrate Reading Lists With WorldShare Management Services

OCLC signed an agreement with Talis to help faculty members at institutions that are subscribed to both Talis Aspire Reading Lists and OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services create reading lists for students that are designed to improve their learning experiences and support teaching and learning strategies. Talis Aspire Reading Lists allow users to create and manage resource lists, including library content that is in WorldShare Management Services. They can bookmark print or electronic content and add the citation to their course reading list.

For more information, read the press release.

hoopla Book Club Offers Simultaneous-Use Ebooks and Audiobooks

hoopla digital started the hoopla Book Club to help libraries keep up with the demand of multiple book club members reading the same book. “Each quarter, our eBook and audiobook experts will be selecting a great new title to share with literature-loving library patrons,” according to the press release. “Our simultaneous use model makes hoopla the perfect tool to drive engagement, as book clubs of any size can share the latest title without patrons needing to wait for copies to come available. Each selection will be supplemented with a wealth of related materials such as a discussion guide, an author Q&A, and a list of associated titles that patrons who liked the book will want to explore.”

For more information, read the blog post.

New Gale Archive Promotes Study of Political Extremism

Gale is introducing a new primary source archive, Political Extremism & Radicalism in the Twentieth Century: Far-Right and Left Political Groups in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. As the first digital archive to cover radical right and fascist movements, communist and socialist groups, and new left activists, it will help researchers explore the development of and ideologies behind political extremism as a way to make new connections that can foster dialogues and greater understanding of these activities. Users can access more than 600,000 pages of content and 40-plus audio histories with full transcripts.

For more information, read the press release.

Amazon Will Launch Subscription Service for Children's Books

TechCrunch reported on a new Amazon product, Prime Book Box, which is “a subscription service for children’s hardback books, selected by Amazon editors, sold as part of its Prime tier. You can register now for an invite for when it starts to ship later this year, starting in the U.S.” The cost will be $22.99 per box, and customers can choose for books to come in 1-, 2-, or 3-month intervals and in age groups of baby to 2 years, 3–5 years, 6–8 years, and 9–12 years.

For more information, read the article.

Wiley Works to Make Textbooks More Affordable

Wiley rolled out Wiley Inclusive Access, “a comprehensive program to partner with leading content platform providers”—Barnes & Noble College, Follett, RedShelf, and VitalSource—“to make it more affordable and easier for students to purchase their Wiley course materials, as part of their tuition and fees,” according to the press release. Students will save more than 60% off the cost of a print textbook and get first-day-of-class access. 

For more information, read the press release.

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