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May 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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EBSCO Adds Iraqi Journal Content; Facilitates More Research Options for Region

EBSCO Information Services signed a cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR) to license and index Iraqi Academic Scientific Journals and add them to EBSCO databases as well as give Iraqi researchers access to select EBSCO databases.

According to the press release, “This project is described to be one of the most important strategic initiatives adopted by the Research and Development Department of MOHESR in Iraq. … This agreement will benefit Iraqi researchers at universities and research centers, as well as contribute to the advancement of the Iraqi Academic Scientific Journals website to achieve a better digital educational society.”

For more information, read the press release.

'House Democrats Are Collecting Signatures to Force a Vote on Net Neutrality'

Russell Brandom reports on The Verge, “A coalition of House Democrats has begun proceedings to force a vote to restore net neutrality protections.” Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) introduced a discharge petition that “allows the House to force a vote if half the representatives sign on, giving activists until the end of the session in January to collect the necessary signatures. They currently have 90, all from Democrats.”

The resolution to save Net Neutrality has already passed in the Senate, “but faces steep odds in the House: to win the necessary votes, more than 20 Republican representatives will have to break with their party and support the repeal. Even if the resolution does make it through Congress, it will require President Trump’s signature to take effect, which is a difficult hurdle. …”

For more information, read the article.

'Google Removes "Don't Be Evil" Clause From Its Code of Conduct'

Kate Conger writes on Gizmodo, “Google’s unofficial motto has long been the simple phrase ‘don’t be evil.’ But that’s over, according to the code of conduct that Google distributes to its employees. The phrase was removed sometime in late April or early May. … The phrase has been deeply incorporated into Google’s company culture—so much so that a version of the phrase has served as the wifi password on the shuttles that Google uses to ferry its employees to its Mountain View headquarters. …”

For more information, read the article.

Reuters Provides Grants to Up-and-Coming Photojournalists

Reuters announced the 2018 winners of its photojournalism grant program. They receive a $5,000 grant, global distribution of their photos on the company’s platforms, and advice from Yannis Behrakis, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Reuters photojournalist.

“The Reuters Pictures grant program gives a rare opportunity to eight photojournalists, from diverse backgrounds and from around the world, to work with Reuters and develop their talent. I will be dedicating plenty of time to mentor each of them and help them understand in depth the needs of the industry in the digital age,” says Behrakis.

For more information and the list of winners, read the press release.

Library of Congress Shares Woodrow Wilson's Writings Online

The Library of Congress made the papers of President Woodrow Wilson available online. They cover his time in the White House, as governor of New Jersey, and as a leader at Princeton University, as well as his personal and family life and youth.

According to the press release, “The Wilson papers are one of the largest presidential collections held by the Library, consisting of approximately 280,000 documents and comprising about 620,000 images. The collection reflects Wilson’s innovative efforts and accomplishments and the enduring controversies he engendered. Wilson strengthened the presidency during his two terms in office by pushing a robust legislative agenda. He also sought to transform international politics in an interconnected world by forging a peace settlement after World War I and creating the League of Nations, the world’s first global forum for diplomacy.”

For more information, read the press release.

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