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April 25, 2019 — 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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Google Chrome Adds Reader Mode

Catalin Cimpanu writes for ZDNet’s Between the Lines blog, “Google’s Chrome browser will get a Reader Mode, similar to the one found in competing browsers like Firefox and the old Microsoft Edge. The feature is currently under development, but Chrome Canary users can test it. … Chrome’s Reader Mode will work by stripping pages of most of their useless content, such as ads, comments sections, or animations, and leave a bare-bones version behind, showing only titles, article text, and article images.”

For more information, read the article.

Koios Partners With Libraries on Google Ad Grant Applications

According to Library Technology Guides, Koios “has achieved the designation of Google Ad Grants Certified Professional. This means Koios has been fully certified by Google itself as an official partner that specializes in helping nonprofits win and manage Google Ad Grants.”

The Google Ad Grants program contributes $10,000 a month in advertising credit, in perpetuity, to libraries and other nonprofit institutions. They can use it “to buy the keyword-triggered ads that appear at the top of Google search results. This enables the nonprofits to set up location-specific advertising campaigns for any product or service, and guarantees they’ll be seen on search results screens thousands of times per month. This increases libraries’ visibility exponentially, making potential users aware of all their libraries have to offer.”

Koios is providing guidance on the program’s application process for free, and once a library gets an Ad Grant, it can access a 30-day free trial of the Koios Ads service, “which includes setting up ad campaigns in accordance with a library’s goals, keeping the account in compliance with shifting grant requirements, and studying local Google search patterns as well as ad click-throughs and conversions to optimize campaigns over time.”

For more information, read the press release.

NFAIS Taps AI Expert to Keynote Its Next Conference

The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) announced that Aaron Halfaker—a computer scientist who developed ORES (Objective Revision Evaluation Service), an AI product that grades the quality of Wikipedia edits—will be the closing keynote speaker at NFAIS’ May 15–16, 2019, conference, Artificial Intelligence: Finding Its Place in Research, Discovery and Scholarly Publishing.

The event will explore the applications and implications of AI across all sectors of scholarship, and Halfaker will discuss “Wikipedia’s most pressing and strategically important research questions, as well as how he and Wikimedia’s research team of 6 people are utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) to solve skewed representation, retain newcomers, and manage volunteer disputes.”

For more information, read the press release.

DPLA, NYPL, and LYRASIS Work to Make Ebook and Audiobook Distribution Easier

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is partnering with the New York Public Library (NYPL) and LYRASIS “to help provide all public libraries with a free, open, library-controlled platform for managing their ebook and audiobook services.” Each organization will contribute services and tools for a full-service pathway to acquiring and delivering ebooks and audiobooks: the DPLA Exchange, a marketplace of 300,000-plus titles; NYPL’s e-reader app, SimplyE; and cloud-based hosting from LYRASIS.

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Ex Libris Brings Additional Sources to Funding Insight Product

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, added five sources to its Research Professional Funding Insight subscription service, which has a database of awarded research grants. It also “offers editorially curated news and data aimed at helping researchers decide which funding opportunities to apply for. The Funding Insight awards database provides researchers and research offices with information on hundreds of thousands of past award winners linked to current and future funding opportunities. This valuable information about funder trends, which dates back to the year 2000, can make the grant-application process more efficient and increase the success rate of such applications.”

The new sources, which contribute more than 50,000 enriched data records, are Innovate UK, the Academy of Finland, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), and Interreg Europe; the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides additional data.

For more information, read the press release.

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