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Weekly News Digest

May 16, 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.

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NoveList Select Dashboard Shares Usage Data

NoveList Select has a new analytics dashboard that allows libraries to access their NoveList Select usage data online from any device, showing how patrons are viewing and interacting with their catalog. For example, it offers a monthly views total and extensive click data that is broken down into multiple charts. 

For more information, read the blog post.

CNET Interviews Carla Hayden

Marguerite Reardon writes for CNET, “Ambitious doesn’t begin to describe Carla Hayden’s plan to make the Library of Congress’ collection available to the world. Audacious may be closer to it.” Hayden’s goal of “digitizing its vast collection and making it accessible online” will continue with a 5-year project called Enriching the Library Experience. Reardon writes that the “understated name … doesn’t capture its scope. Hayden wants people to engage with everything from the letters of Abraham Lincoln to early-edition Batman comics.”

For more information, read the article.

Adam Matthew Debuts New WWII Collection

Adam Matthew unveiled a new primary source collection, America in World War Two: Oral Histories and Personal Accounts. It features photos, notebooks, video recordings, and other artifacts that explore how World War II affected American society, the economy, and individuals and families. The content comes from The National WWII Museum in New Orleans.

For more information, visit the product’s webpage.

New TrademarkNow Tools Enhance Trademark Searching

TrademarkNow introduced three self-service pay-per-search resources to help trademark professionals clear new brands and bring them to market quickly. Basic knockout search, which is free, provides access to exact-match trademarks from EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The paid options are enhanced knockout search, which expands exact matching to five countries, as well as common law and web data, and AI clearance search, which extends the results to all similar trademarks within 10 countries, among other features.

For more information, read the press release.

Google Lens Adds New Features

Khari Johnson writes for VentureBeat that “Google introduced new features for Lens, its visual search and computer vision tool that can recognize plants, animals, text, celebrities, and over a billion shopping items.” For example, Google Lens “will soon be able to highlight top meals at a restaurant simply by pointing your camera at the menu. Dish ratings and reviews will also be available from online reviews.”

For more information, read the article.

Getting Away From a Predatory Publisher

Alan H. Chambers begins his article for Science on his experience with a predatory publisher with the following:

I was nursing my wounds from my latest manuscript rejection when the email arrived. I was about 2 years into my assistant professorship, with the tenure clock running at full speed, and the pressure to publish was immense. I knew that navigating rejection was part of the job, but I was also starting to wonder whether my study—a modest project designed to be feasible with the minimal lab space and skeleton crew of a new professor—would ever see the light of day. So when I received the email from a newly launched journal inviting me to publish with them, I saw a lifeline. That’s when my troubles started.

For more information, read the article.

Web Privacy Project Releases White Paper and Other Resources

The Montana State University Library’s National Web Privacy Forum is a project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) that concluded in April 2019 with a white paper, an action handbook, and eight Pathways to Action for improving privacy and analytics. The project aimed “to shape a better analytics practice that protects our users’ privacy from unwanted third-party tracking and targeting.”

For more information and to see the project’s resources, visit the website.

Aptara and SAGE Team Up to Collect APCs

Aptara partnered with SAGE to develop an integrated, SAGE-branded online platform that will collect OA Creative Commons licenses and article-processing charges (APCs). Aptara has a platform, SciPris, that automates the calculation of publishing charges and provides a payment gateway as well as alerts and custom reports.

“Partnering with Aptara will result in a platform to help us improve the experience of the scholarly publishing process for our authors and their funding institutions by supporting our existing OA Prepaid Accounts and ensuring funder license compliance, among other features,” says John Shaw, SAGE’s publishing VP and CTO. “We chose Aptara because they were able to provide a customizable, agile, and cost-effective solution for our needs.”

For more information, read the press release.

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