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Weekly News Digest

July 21, 2020 — 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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SAGE's Lean Library Adds Academic Browser App

SAGE’s browser extension, Lean Library (which delivers library services directly to patrons), introduced a new iOS app, Academic Browser. It “enables patrons conducting research using search engines, direct links, or their library’s digital platform to access their library’s resources, open access alternatives, and support via a popup. The app is available at no additional cost to patrons at libraries that subscribe to Lean Library and does not collect or store personal information.”

Lean Library has seen a substantial increase in unique active users in 2020, making it essential to expand in the mobile realm. An Android version of the app will be available soon.

For more information, read the press release.

Apple Helps Black College Students Thrive in STEM Settings

Apple is expanding its partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) by adding 10 HBCU regional coding centers. They will serve as technology hubs for their campuses and broader communities, including K–12 schools and local governments. Part of Apple’s Community Education Initiative, which now has 24 locations across the U.S., this effort is “designed to bring coding, creativity, and workforce development opportunities to learners of all ages.” The centers will use Apple’s Everyone Can Code and Everyone Can Create curricula to encourage coding and app design.

“Apple is committed to working alongside communities of color to advance educational equity,” says Lisa Jackson, Apple’s VP of environment, policy and social initiatives. “We see this expansion of our Community Education Initiative and partnership with HBCUs as another step toward helping Black students realize their dreams and solve the problems of tomorrow.”

For more information, read the press release.


DPLA Works on Black Women's Suffrage Collection

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) joined forces with five libraries and archives to help with its national Black women’s suffrage collection, announced in November 2019. The Atlanta University Center’s Robert W. Woodruff Library, the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, Tuskegee University, the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, and Southern California Library will collaborate with DPLA to digitize archives that showcase “the roles and experiences of Black women in the women’s suffrage movement, as well as Black women’s history of activism, as part of the centennial celebration of the passage of the 19th Amendment.”

According to DPLA, “The collaboration is powered by funding from Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company created by Melinda Gates. Funds will enable the partner institutions to digitize artifacts related to the history of Black women in the suffrage movement, and, more broadly, women’s rights, voting rights and civic activism between the 1850s and the 1960s, in order to make these important collections more widely accessible.”

The collection’s website is scheduled to launch later this summer.

For more information, read the news item.

ALA President Goes on Virtual Tour of U.S. Libraries

ALA’s president, Julius C. Jefferson Jr., will embark on a 10-day, 12-stop virtual Holding Space tour of libraries across the U.S. “At each stop on the tour, Jefferson will meet with library leaders, state and local partners, elected officials and other community influencers to cover a vast terrain of issues facing a broad range of institutions, including libraries at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, other academic libraries, school libraries, Tribal libraries and public libraries,” ALA notes.

“Collectively, these conversations are an opportunity for ALA to listen and learn as well [as] elevate the innovative work of the 12 libraries I visit,” Jefferson says. “Originally, I’d envisioned a bus tour, a sort of library celebration on wheels. But this virtual format allows us to critically examine our cultural moment through the lens of the most pressing issues in our profession.”

He continues, “Libraries are improving lives every day, providing internet access to underserved communities, helping people find jobs and build careers, empowering students as they develop literacy skills that will lead to lifelong learning. Many of these successes take place in the shadows. Their stories need to be told, their professional organization and local community need to listen, and their elected leaders need to support them.”

The Holding Space tour consists of the following stops:

  • July 27: Tour kickoff at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.—Holding Space: A National Conversation Series With Libraries
  • July 27: Cambria County Library, Pa.—Stronger Together for Workforce Development
  • July 28: Muskingum County Library, Ohio—Keeping Communities Connected in Ohio and Beyond
  • July 29: Nashville Public Library, Tenn.—Leveraging Place to Engage Community
  • July 30: University of Arkansas–Pine Bluff, Ark.—Strengthening Communities and Developing Leaders at HBCU Libraries
  • July 31: Lubbock ISD, Texas—Learning in Many Dimensions With Texas School Librarians
  • Aug. 3: Pioneer Public Library, Okla.—Partnering to Advance Career and Workforce Development
  • Aug.4: Santo Domingo Pueblo Library, N.M.—The Imperative of Broadband for Tribal Libraries
  • Aug. 5: Cordes Lake Public Library, Ariz.—From Interior to Border: Libraries Reaching Rural Communities
  • Aug. 6: Nevada State Library, Nev.—Learn and Earn: Nevada Libraries Harness Virtual 3-D for Education and Careers
  • Aug. 7: Oakland Public Library, Calif.—Listen to the Kids: Youth- and Family-Centered Practices at Oakland Public Library
  • Aug. 7: Closing celebration in Hawaii—Spirit of Aloha: Hawaii Libraries Light the Path

For more information, read the press release.

ACS Rolls Out an Open Science Resource Center

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Publications Division is offering “a curated set of materials on its new open science resource center,” helping to deepen “its commitment to open science and open access.” Researchers, librarians, and administrators can use the resource to find information on open science and OA publishing, learn how to comply with funder requirements, and search ACS’s OA agreements to see if they are eligible for their article-processing charges to be waived. In addition, they can “quickly search to determine whether their institution has signed a read and publish agreement enabling streamlined open access publication. At the same time, researchers can easily find step-by-step instructions on how to publish open access. … These new tools will speed the transition to an open science future by effectively communicating how open access publishing works for ACS’ extensive community of authors.”

For more information, read the press release.

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