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Weekly News Digest

September 17, 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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ULC Publishes Leadership Brief on Libraries and AI

The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) rolled out a new Leadership Brief, “Libraries Leading AI and Digital Citizenship.” It is the product of a ULC initiative created by a working group comprising library leaders from the U.S. and Canada. According to the press release, “With the quickly growing impact of artificial intelligence on economies, societies and cultures, libraries remain at the forefront of ensuring no one is left behind by this wave of technological transformation.”

“This new Leadership Brief provides a vital resource for libraries to confidently face these changes and to lead their communities in shaping an equitable and democratic future for AI,” says Susan Benton, ULC’s president and CEO.

For more information, read the press release.

Constitution Annotated Gets an Online Home at the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress introduced a website for Constitution Annotated, “the authoritative source for how the Supreme Court has interpreted the nation’s governing document over the years.” This 3,000-page resource is fully searchable and accessible online for the first time, with a user-friendly interface and advanced search tools.

According to the press release, “For over a century, the Constitution Annotated—known officially as the ‘Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation’—has served as the official record of the U.S. Constitution. Prepared by attorneys in the American Law Division of the Library’s Congressional Research Service, it explains in layman’s terms the Constitution’s origins, how it was crafted and how every provision in the Constitution has been interpreted throughout history.”

For more information, read the press release.

CABI Provides Free Resources to Help Hurricane Relief Efforts

CABI is making content from its Global Health bibliographic database available as OA to help the international relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. Information from the database’s area on natural disasters—which covers sanitation, diseases, vulnerable groups, nutrition, mental health, and other related topics—will be free for 3 months, giving public health professionals, researchers, academics, and policymakers relevant information about the immediate and future needs of those who have been affected by the hurricane.

For more information, read the press release.

Web of Science Group Honors Researchers With Global Peer Review Awards

The Web of Science Group, a Clarivate Analytics company, unveiled the winners of the Global Peer Review Awards, “which recognize global researchers for both the quality and quantity of their peer reviews.” They are “the only cross-publisher awards that celebrate the efforts of peer reviewers worldwide” and are divided into the following categories:
  • Top 1% of reviewers in their field, categorised by the Web of Science 22 Essential Science Indicators (ESI) research areas
  • Excellent reviewersas rated by journal editors on Publons
  • Top handling editorsby quantity

For more information, read the press release.

ArchaeoGLOBE: 'Crowdsourcing 10,000 Years of Land Use'

Michele W. Berger writes for Penn Today, “More than 250 archaeologists from around the world contributed their knowledge to ArchaeoGLOBE, an effort to better understand the prevalence of agriculture, pastoralism, and hunting and gathering at different points in human history.” 

ArchaeoGLOBE is “a crowdsourced database that includes more than 700 entries from 255 archaeologists around the world. For each location, researchers rated the prevalence of land-use types—agriculture, pasturing herd animals, and hunting and gathering—for 10 time periods between 1850 CE and 10,000 years ago, when modern agriculture began.”

For more information, read the article.

Additional Libraries and Publishers Sign Up With CLOCKSS

Thirteen additional libraries and 10 additional publishers have agreed to support CLOCKSS for the preservation of their publications for future researchers. The libraries include those from Hirosaki University, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Tokyo University of Science, and the University of Sydney. The publishers include the Genetics Society of America, IMR Press, LIDSEN Publishing, Inc., and the Society for Neuroscience.

“Participation in CLOCKSS is an essential component to our digital library management strategy. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Research Library is proud to join CLOCKSS to ensure the long-term preservation of scholarly literature in digital form,” says Emily Stambaugh, LLNL’s research library manager.

For more information, read the press release.

Gale's Thorndike Press Studies Students and Large-Print Books

Thorndike Press, from Gale, released new research on large-print books. It finds that “students in grades 3-12 who read large print books developed stronger reading skills, felt more comfortable reading and adopted new, positive reading mindsets.” Education nonprofit Project Tomorrow conducted the research on behalf of Thorndike Press to “investigate the impact of students reading large print-formatted books on their reading engagement and achievement levels. Nearly 1,700 students in grades 3-12 and 56 teachers and librarians across 15 U.S. elementary, middle and high schools participated in the study.”

For more findings and information, read the press release.

Exact Editions Adds Digital Archive for Choir & Organ

Exact Editions announced that Choir & Organ has completed its digital archive of 150-plus issues dating from 1993. Access to new issues will be available immediately as they are published each month. The magazine “contains beautifully illustrated features on newly built and restored organs, insights into the lives and views of leading organists, choral directors and composers, profiles of pioneering and well-established choirs, and topical coverage of new research, festivals and exhibitions.”

Individuals and institutions can subscribe to the complete archive and view it on web, iOS, and Android devices.

For more information, read the press release.

Wiley and The Physiological Society Create a Taxonomy

Wiley and The Physiological Society joined forces to develop a multifaceted physiology taxonomy that can support search and discovery for the physiology and related fields. According to the press release, “Users can break the traditional boundaries of journals and issues and get right to the content they care about by given topics. Readers can access the taxonomy on The Physiological Society’s publications hub.”

“We've worked with The Physiological Society to define a knowledge model of taxonomies and vocabularies being used to describe their content in a more granular way than ever before, extracting key concepts from all published and ongoing new articles automatically to apply these taxonomies to their content and improve content discoverability for readers,” says Ben Miller, Wiley’s platform capability manager.

For more information, read the press release.

IMLS Selects Participants for Its 2019 National Leadership Grants for Museums Program

IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) chose 15 projects for the National Leadership Grants for Museums program, which “address[es] evolving needs and trends in the museum field and contribute best practices, tested tools, and innovative partnership models for the entire sector. The projects will receive funds totaling $5,747,423, and the organizations receiving the awards are matching them with $6,215,564 in non-federal funds.”

This year’s projects include those from the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Ashé Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans, and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York.

For more information, read the press release.

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