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Weekly News Digest

July 9, 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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Dungeons & Dragons Handbook Is Now Accessible

According to J.R. Zambrano at gaming website Bell of Lost Souls, “We don’t often talk about accessibility in RPGs. Sure we’ll talk about inclusivity and representation—you can find books that feature characters of many different genders, skin tones, sexual orientations, and even physical ableness. … But what about the players? How accessible are the books?

“Well, thanks to the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at the Library of Congress, D&D is about to be a lot more accessible.” Dungeons & Dragons tweeted that NLS released “the #DungeonsAndDragons Player’s Handbook in a fully navigable audio form. … Dungeon Master’s Guide and Monster Manual to follow soon.”

For more information, read the article.

ACRL Releases a Guide to Academic Librarianship

ACRL published a new title, The Future Academic Librarian’s Toolkit: Finding Success on the Job Hunt and in Your First Job, edited by Megan Hodge. According to the press release, “This thorough handbook is designed to guide you from library school through your first several years as an academic librarian, helping you apply for your first position, find your bearings in your new job, establish yourself in the profession through scholarship and service, and transition to your next position.” It also explains important skills to be mastered, such as advocating for yourself and connecting with faculty members and students.

For more information, read the press release.

NFAIS-NISO Merger Is Complete

NISO (National Information Standards Organization) and the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) have completed their merger. The combined organization—which will operate under the NISO name—consists of 250-plus libraries, government agencies, associations, and content and technology providers that can now work together to “more easily and efficiently craft collaborative solutions to problems facing the information community as a whole,” according to the press release. Events such as the NFAIS Annual Conference and the NFAIS Humanities Roundtable will still be held.

For more information, read the press release.

U.S. Army Starts Distributing Training Materials as Audiobooks

Andrew Liptak reports for The Verge that the U.S. Army’s “Training and Doctrine Command’s Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate (CADD) has released audiobook versions of a pair of training manuals for the first time as part of an experiment to see if it’s an effective medium to spread information to soldiers across the force.

“It’s part of a wider effort to overhaul and modernize how the Army conceptualizes and trains its forces and, in doing so, catch up to what a large segment of the publishing industry has already realized: audiobooks are increasingly popular.”

For more information, read the article.

IFLA's 2018 Annual Report Is Now Available

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) rolled out its annual report for 2018, which offers full and transparent details on its achievements, activities, and financial performance during the year. Anyone who is interested can download the full report as a PDF or read it online as a flipbook.

For more information, read the announcement.

Meta Makes It Easier to Find Scientific Articles With Kopernio Integration

Kopernio joined forces with Meta to allow Meta users to access millions of full-text scientific articles on their feeds through Kopernio’s free web browser plug-in (with content available via institutional subscriptions or as OA alternatives).

“We have partnered with Kopernio to ensure that once you have found the paper you need, you know you can access the best version of that paper, copyright-compliant and for free, without changing your research habits,” says Sam Molyneux, Meta’s co-founder.

For more information, read the blog post.

A Short History of Librarians in Comics

Megan Halsband posted about librarians in comics on the Library of Congress’ blog: “A recent visit from some fellow librarians in Washington DC for the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference gave me a chance to explore some depictions of librarians in comics. Certainly I found some clichés (hair buns and glasses) but I also found some interesting, funny, and curious stories.”

For more information, read the blog post.

AreaVibes Explores the Digital Divide

AreaVibes released a study, “The Tech Divide: Exploring the Gap in Internet Access Across America.” The blog post states, “We wanted to take a closer look at the hidden technological divide in America and explore the realities of internet accessibility (or the lack thereof). … Before we can make sense of the significance of those who don’t have access to the internet, we need to understand the role the internet plays in our modern society.”

For more information, read the blog post.

Exact Editions Provides Archive of International Theater Magazine

Exact Editions added the digital archive of quarterly theater magazine Plays International & Europe to its platform for individuals and institutions. The archive features new issues and an expansive collection of back issues covering productions performed in theaters around the world. The magazine, published by the Theater Research Institute of Europe, has essays by critic-correspondents for both theater professionals and enthusiasts.

For more information, read the press release.

James Holzhauer Talks About His Love of Libraries

Jill Grunenwald interviews Jeopardy! champion James Holzhauer for Perspectives on Reading, writing that he “employed several strategies for his incredible run, including using children’s books that he checked out from his local public library in Las Vegas … for research.”

For more information, read the article.

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