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July 10, 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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W3C Works to Make the Web Truly Worldwide

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) debuted the W3C Internationalization Sponsorship Program, which aims to help accelerate the progress of making the web more global by creating applications, specifications, and other things that allow the web to work for users of any culture, region, or language. Stakeholders will supply expert personnel and additional funding to work on language enablement of a variety of regions’ typographic features, developer support for international system- and user-level web tools, and author support of people creating web content in their own language.

For more information, read the press release.

The Mellon Foundation and New-York Historical Society Help Immigrants Study for Citizenship

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation posted about the New-York Historical Society’s Citizenship Project, “a major initiative supported by the Mellon Foundation as part of an ongoing commitment to promoting the vital role the arts and humanities play in shaping durable democracies. The Citizenship Project prepares green card holders in the New York region for the naturalization test with a personal and dynamic learning experience using objects and artwork from the Society’s collection to put US history in context.” For example, “Citizenship Project participants visit New-York Historical’s galleries to examine treasures of American history” while they study the U.S. government, U.S. history, and integrated civics to prepare for the test.

For more information, read the blog post.

AALL-LexisNexis Dispute Continues

According to the Law Librarian Blog, “On July 2nd, AALL representatives met with LexisNexis representatives to discuss the company’s anticompetitive tying sales strategy. No official word on the outcome. … In its letter to LexisNexis CEO Mike Walsh, AALL called for an open dialog over the company’s anticompetitive tying sales strategy. If that failed, our association warned of taking ‘legal or commercial action’ against the company. Assuming for this post that dialog does not produce our association’s desired outcome, the cessation of tying print and ancillary products to a Lexis Advance license, then taking legal or commercial action would be costly to AALL’s treasury.”

It continues, “Less unpredictable but also less likely to be as effective as legal action is taking ‘commercial action.’ Commercial action could range from no longer accepting Lexis advertising revenue in AALL publications like LLJ and Spectrum, to a ban from AALL’s annual meeting and its exhibit hall, to a complete ban from all sanctioned activities of AALL and its chapters. Commercial action could be fairly expensive for our association too in some instances.”

For more information, read the blog post.

Library of Congress Releases North Korean Serials Database

The Asian Division at the Library of Congress (LC) introduced the North Korean Serials Database, “an online indexing tool that offers researchers enhanced access to periodicals and articles published as far back as the 1940s” and up to the present, showing the resources that are available on-site at the LC.  It has “34,000 indexed records for articles in 18 journals from North Korea that are now searchable to the public … for the first time.” Queries can be limited by article title, subject, article keywords, publication date, or publisher. The serials and articles in the database represent a small percentage of the LC’s North Korean items.

For more information, read the press release.

Clarivate Analytics and Caltech Make Articles Discoverable

Clarivate Analytics joined forces with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) to give more than 2,000 Caltech researchers one-click access to millions of journal articles and academic papers (to which the university subscribes) using Kopernio. According to Clarivate Analytics, “This partnership aims to optimize information tools that will enable Caltech researchers to better search, discover, access and evaluate high-quality research available via the Web of Science and third-party platforms. Access to Kopernio aims to maximize the value and impact of Caltech’s library collections. It will also ensure that Caltech researchers get access to the legitimate version of the research its faculty has subscribed to, and includes Open Access versions of journal articles.”

For more information, read the blog post.

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