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Weekly News Digest

May 8, 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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ALA to Host Fight for School Libraries Summit

ALA president Jim Neal will hold a Fight for School Libraries summit on May 23, 2018, at ALA headquarters in Chicago, for representatives from school, public, and academic libraries. He will discuss “the need for urgent action to combat cuts in school library funding, staffing and programming” and will “work with our nation’s library leaders to craft a strategy to advocate for our nation’s school libraries,” according to the press release. “The meeting aims to create a strategy that demonstrates the value and impact of school libraries in their communities.”

For more information, read the press release.

Authors Guild Lawsuit Win Prompts Payout

Associations Now reports, “It took 17 years, but the Authors Guild and other writers’ groups scored a major win in a class-action lawsuit over digital reproduction rights that went to the Supreme Court twice. …

“Since 2001, the Authors Guild and other groups have taken part in a class-action lawsuit on behalf of nearly 3,000 freelance journalists whose material appeared in the electronic database LexisNexis without their consent. The suit involved three of the largest newspaper companies in the country at the time. …

“[A]fter the last of the legal details were finally hashed out, roughly 2,500 freelancers finally got their checks delivered—some winning settlements in the six figures.”

For more information, read the article.

Thomson Reuters Publishes Latest Brexit Survey

Thomson Reuters released the “CFO Brexit Survey: Spring 2018 Results,” a study of 100 CFOs across the U.K. and Europe working at companies that generate from $100 million to more than $5 billion in revenue annually. It found that 31% of companies plan to relocate staffers from the U.K. because of Brexit. This is an increase of 10% since summer 2017. It also found that 40% of companies say that Brexit impacts their strategic planning. The survey has been conducted quarterly by the Thomson Reuters Tax and Accounting division since June 2017.

For more information, read the press release.

FEDLINK Honors Winners of Federal Librarianship Awards

The Library of Congress’ Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) announced the 2017 winners of its national awards for federal librarianship. According to the press release, “The awards recognize the many innovative ways that federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of the government, business and scholarly communities and the American public.” The winners are as follows:

2017 Federal Libraries/Information Centers of the Year

  • The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center Library (Miss.) “is recognized for modernizing its knowledge-management services by collecting, digitizing and making rare and one-of-a-kind knowledge products of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers … visible to common search engines.”
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Library (N.C.) “is recognized for … [maintaining] an overall customer-service rating of 98.8 percent. Its new service, research-impact reports, are designed to highlight the impact of EPA research and expand on traditional bibliometric methods, organizational information and visualizations in a portfolio-style product.”

2017 Federal Librarian of the Year

  • Edward J. Poletti, chief of learning resources at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, “is recognized for his dedication and his willingness to work on behalf of federal medical librarians to ensure that others, especially administrators, are aware of the value these librarians contribute to patient quality of care.”

2017 Federal Library Technician of the Year

  • Ozella Lee Gates, library technician at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Command (Ga.), “is recognized for her exemplary commitment and dedication to providing library services to a multitude of different medical center customers. She successfully and efficiently continued to support the research, educational and medical readiness of the medical center’s staff without additional staffing support for the library.”

For more information, read the press release.

Ex Libris Creates Trust Center for GDPR Prep (and Other Information)

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, launched the Ex Libris Trust Center, which gives potential and existing customers “in-depth information about the security, privacy, compliance, and availability of Ex Libris solutions. The new Trust Center includes an area specifically designed to help customers prepare for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will come into effect on May 25, 2018,” according to the press release. Ex Libris notes that there should be full transparency about how privacy and security are handled at the company. The Trust Center also shows proof of compliance with various international standards, live status updates for cloud services, and more.

For more information, read the press release.

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