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June 3, 2021 — 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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AWS Implements Amazon Location Service for the Safe Use of Location Functionality

Amazon Web Services (AWS) introduced Amazon Location Service, which helps its customers add location functionality to their apps while keeping user privacy safe and data secure. According to the press release, “With Amazon Location Service, customers can embed location functionality in their applications using data from location-based service (LBS) providers Esri and HERE Technologies to provide maps, points of interest, geocoding (converting location information to a point on a map), route planning, geofencing (creating virtual perimeters), or asset tracking.”

The press release continues to say that “due to privacy and security compromises, cost-prohibitive pricing, and a difficult integration process, many companies face significant barriers when integrating location functionality into their applications.” The new service “lets customers control what access providers have to a customer’s confidential data [and] cost-effectively implement location-based features. … Amazon Location Service removes customer metadata and account information from queries before they are sent to an LBS provider, and sensitive tracking and geofencing information never leaves a customer’s AWS account (unless they choose to share it). Additionally, the Amazon Location Service licensing terms do not grant Amazon or third parties the rights to sell or use a customer’s location data for advertising.”

For more information, read the press release.

ALA Approves of Biden Administration's FY2022 Budget Proposal

ALA issued a press release stating its approval of the FY2022 budget proposal from the White House that has been submitted to Congress: “ALA is hopeful that Congress will continue its eight-year streak of increasingly robust funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program.” The budget proposal provides $265 million for IMLS (an increase of $8 million from FY2021), including $197 million for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and $28 million for IAL.

ALA’s president, Julius C. Jefferson Jr., says, “Word has spread that libraries offer valuable services, information and technology, both on and off their premises. Over the past year, millions of Americans have used libraries to register for vaccines, secure stimulus checks, complete homework assignments, telework and experience their first telehealth appointments.”

The press release notes, “As the annual appropriations process moves forward, ALA and library advocates nationwide will continue engaging with decisionmakers in order to sustain these critical investments.”

For more information, read the press release.

ByWater Solutions Updates Koha and Aspen Discovery With Better Search Capability

ByWater Solutions added new functionality to Koha and Aspen Discovery. Kalleen Marquise notes in the announcement, “On our Koha education site: we have added a search box functionality right at the top of the page! This allows you to search by keyword for what you want to find within these articles. The keyword will return results in both the article title and body.” In addition, the Aspen Discovery education site also got search box functionality at the top of the page.

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Cengage Looks at the Experiences of Recent College Graduates

Cengage published “Graduate Employability Report,” which shares the results of a survey of 1,600 recent graduates of 2- and 4-year colleges who were asked about graduate employability, education ROI, and degree stigma.

“As more students question the value of a degree, colleges, universities and the partners that support these institutions, need to invest as much in job-ready skills, such as effective communication and people management, as they do traditional academics,” says Michael Hansen, Cengage’s CEO. “There is an opportunity to evolve the current systems of higher education and integrate career preparation, certification(s) and internships into course curricula.” In addition, he says, “A traditional degree path is not a reality for many Americans and four-year degree requirements can penalize applicants who follow untraditional education paths. By prioritizing skills not just degrees, business leaders have an opportunity to remove existing barriers, helping to close labor shortages and boost our economic recovery.”

Findings include the following:

  • Half of graduates (50 percent) didn’t apply to entry-level jobs because they felt underqualified
  • One in five (21 percent) say their college didn’t provide them with needed job skills; nearly two in five (38 percent) occasionally or rarely use the skills they learned
  • Nearly half of graduates don’t believe their education was worth what they paid, and one in three don’t believe their education helped them land their job

For more information, read the press release.

The SAE Institute Brings International Students to Its German Campuses

The SAE Institute is welcoming international students to its nine German locations starting with the winter semester of 2021. All degree programs will be in English. The press release states, “Germany is the most attractive non-English-speaking host country for international students and the fourth most important place to study worldwide, behind the USA, the UK and Australia. As a leading education provider for professions in the media industry, SAE Institute is now making it even easier for international talent to study in Germany.” SAE has offered English-language degree programs at the Berlin campus and is now expanding to its locations in Bochum, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Cologne, Leipzig, Munich, and Stuttgart.

Courses will be offered via live stream or on demand as well as in person with group work and on-campus events. Chris Müller, managing director of SAE Institute, says, “[A] globally networked media industry needs internationally experienced minds. We therefore want to make our degree programs even more accessible to talented people from all over the world, while at the same time preparing the next generation from Germany for careers on all continents in the best possible way.”

For more information, read the press release.

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