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September 9, 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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Bibliotheca Adds Hearst Magazines to Its cloudLibrary Catalog

Bibliotheca announced that Hearst Media, which publishes magazines across all platforms, is now part of its NewsStand catalog. According to the press release, “cloudLibrary NewsStand, Bibliotheca’s digital magazine and newspaper subscription service, now provides libraries with unlimited simultaneous access to more than 7,000 titles in over 60 languages. The collection can be viewed at … NewsStand offers all titles for unlimited, simultaneous use, eliminating hold times and increasing circulation.”

“[W]e know that the addition of such popular Hearst titles as EsquireCosmopolitan, and Good Housekeeping will be a boon to library readers,” says Tom Mercer, SVP of digital products at Bibliotheca.

For more information, read the press release.

Gale Rolls Out New Online, Accredited Diploma Completion Program for Use in Public Libraries

Gale shared the following:

Gale, part of Cengage Group, today announced the launch of Gale Presents: Excel Adult High School, a new online accredited diploma completion program available to public libraries. In partnership with Excel Education Systems, the program is designed to help adults obtain their high school diploma entirely online, as well as prepare them for college and the workplace. This new program comes as the nation’s economy is working to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic, enabling libraries to provide their communities with education services that create economic growth through the development of future workforces. …

‘We partnered with Excel Education Systems because they are a leader in adult learning and have an exceptional focus on supporting adults who wish to re-enter the education system,’ said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale. ‘As a trusted partner to public libraries, Gale understands the importance of access to education, particularly for underserved and at-risk populations. With Gale Presents: Excel Adult High School, we are helping public libraries change lives. Earning a high school diploma leads to better jobs with larger salaries, attending college and most importantly, a feeling of pride that comes with achieving your dreams.’

For more information, read the press release.

Springshare Rolls Out the LibConnect Email Marketing Platform

Springshare introduced LibConnect, “a unique platform marrying its existing LibCRM product’s functionality with fully featured email marketing and engagement capabilities.”

“By adding email marketing and engagement tools to LibCRM, our customer relationship management product, we created LibConnect,” says Slaven Zivkovic, Springshare’s founder and CEO. “This powerful combination provides exciting opportunities for liaison and outreach librarians to meaningfully connect their patrons to more library services.”

“We’ve created a fully featured, cost effective user engagement platform so that any library—small, large, and anything in-between—can take advantage of email marketing and CRM to connect and engage with users,” says Sarah Pawlek, VP of product at Springshare.

For more information, read the press release.

Cassyni Launches to Revitalize the Online Seminar Infrastructure

The founders of Kopernio (now EndNote Click), Mendeley, and Publons created a new company called Cassyni. The press release states the following:

With the launch of Cassyni, the team seeks to address a previously underserved problem in research: the discovery, organisation and publication of academic seminars. Seminars are a critical part of the research ecosystem, with more than a million held each year. They are a key part of research culture allowing academics to share ideas, often while they are still in development. During the pandemic, in-person seminars have become difficult to hold, but online meetings have opened up opportunities to increase the reach and impact of academic seminars. Cassyni is a smart online video seminar space—making it much easier for researchers to create, capture and publish content and recordings of academic seminars in a cohesive and transparent manner. …

Researchers organize, host, run and publish their own seminars, and assign them with a DOI so they can be cited by the academic community and also discover seminars of interest and join live or watch recordings of past seminars. …

Academic institutions increase the global impact and reach of their research by providing institution-wide access to Cassyni. Institutions can much better support the growth of research communities and amplify the international reach and impact of seminars via dedicated institutional analytics and comparisons. Improving the online seminar infrastructure within the university can bring together members of a department or multi-disciplinary teams to build a more cohesive research culture.

For more information, read the press release.

American Astronomical Society Journals Move to Open Access

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) is making its journals fully OA as of Jan. 1, 2022. AAS shares, “Under this change, all articles in the AAS journal portfolio will be immediately open for anyone to freely read.” The journals moving to OA are The Astronomical Journal, The Astrophysical Journal, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, and The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series. The Planetary Science Journal, AAS’ newest publication, is already fully OA.

AAS adds, “The transition to OA will allow everyone to access this high-quality and trusted research, and it will offer scientists low-cost fully OA options for publishing their research in astronomy and related disciplines. The new publishing policy aligns with ongoing efforts by the Society to center diversity, equity, and inclusion in its work within the astronomical community.”

For more information, read the news item.

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