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October 11, 2022 — 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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WHO Shares Report on Health and Care Worker Burnout

The World Health Organization announced the following:

A new report by the Qatar Foundation, World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) finds that at least a quarter of health and care workers surveyed reported anxiety, depression and burnout symptoms. [The report] examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of the health and care workforce and offers 10 policy actions as a framework for immediate follow-up by employers, organizations and policy-makers. …

Burnout among health and care workers during the pandemic ranged from 41 to 52 percent in pooled estimates. Women, young people and parents of dependent children were found to be at greater risk of psychological distress—significant considering that women make up 67 percent of the global health workforce and are subject to inequalities in the sector, such as unequal pay. The higher risk of negative mental health outcomes among younger health workers is also a concern.

‘Well into the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, this report confirms that the levels of anxiety, stress and depression among health and care workers has become a “pandemic within a pandemic,”’ said Jim Campbell, WHO Director of Health Workforce.

For more information, read the press release.

ALA Celebrates the Right to Read Act

ALA announced the following:

[ALA] and its division, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), welcomed the bicameral introduction of the Right to Read Act (S. 5064 and H.R. 9056) by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ-03). The Right to Read Act is designed to ensure all students, including low-income and minority students, children with disabilities, and English language learners, have access to an effective school library staffed by a certified school librarian. The Right to Read Act would increase student access to fully staffed and appropriately resourced school libraries and authorizes funding to meet these urgent needs. 

For more information, read the press release.

Clarivate Correctly Predicted Seven 2022 Nobel Prize Winners

Clarivate is celebrating “the seven new Nobel Laureates across the fields of science and economics who were accurately identified as potential Nobel Prize recipients. Each individual was awarded the designation of Citation Laureate several years before being named by the Nobel Assembly—four, more than a decade—thanks to expert interpretation of high-quality citation data at Clarivate.”

Clarivate “identifies researchers of Nobel class on its annual Citation Laureates list and forecasts potential Nobel Prize recipients.” For 2022, “Clarivate anticipated Nobel Laureates in three fields: Physics, Chemistry and Economics, demonstrating the association between the citation record which reflects influence throughout a research community and peer judgement. Since 2002, there have been 71 Citation Laureates who have gone on to receive a Nobel Prize.”

For more information and the list of the seven Nobel Prize winners, read the press release.

Denodo Achieves Google Cloud Ready - BigQuery Designation

The Denodo data management company “has successfully achieved Google Cloud Ready - BigQuery designation. By earning this designation, Denodo proved that the Denodo Platform has met a core set of functional and interoperability requirements when integrating with BigQuery. This designation enables common Denodo and Google Cloud customers to discover and have confidence that the Denodo Platform works well with BigQuery.”

Google Cloud Ready - BigQuery’s website states that this designation “recognizes partner solutions that have met a core set of requirements to ensure the best possible integration between the partner product and BigQuery. Validated partner products enable existing and prospective customers to discover and use proven partner products.”

For more information, read the press release.

'Publishing Wants to Cash In on BookTok. Creators Say No' by CT Jones

CT Jones writes the following for Rolling Stone:

No one saw BookTok coming. The TikTok community dedicated to readers was an organic effort that seemed to explode overnight, creating trends and an entirely new way to promote books on digital platforms. Less than two years after its creation, BookTok has been credited for directly increasing print sales across the United States, leaving publishers desperate to utilize BookTok’s energy for new releases. But a wave of creators say a new feature between TikTok and conglomerate Penguin Random House doesn’t celebrate BookTok—it’s a first attempt to exploit it. 

For more information, read the article.

SAGE Rolls Out a Student Success Resource for Its SAGE Skills Suite

SAGE introduced SAGE Skills: Student Success, “an interactive resource for students to develop and practice the academic and personal skills needed to thrive in higher education and beyond. Through interactive scenarios, self-assessments, downloadable exercises, videos, and more, students can self-direct their learning journey through 1,100+ topics across 10 comprehensive modules.”

SAGE continues, “A global team of academic editors and contributors selected skills and topics they viewed as most relevant to support a student’s path to graduation and beyond. Students can identify skillsets in need of development and explore skill-learning topics that are most relevant to their needs.”

Student Success is part of the SAGE Skills suite, which also features SAGE Skills: Business.

For more information, read the press release.

Jisc and HESA Merge, Putting Jisc in Charge of Statutory Data for U.K. Higher Education Providers

Jisc and HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) completed a merger that takes effect from the beginning of October 2022. “The move will see all 171 HESA colleagues, including its CEO Rob Phillpotts, move to Jisc, creating a new data collection and statistics directorate,” Jisc shares. “Phillpotts, who has led HESA since November 2021, will head up the directorate and join Jisc’s executive leadership team.”

In addition, “Following consultation with the sector and the agreement of the Department for Education, the legal status as the sector’s designated data body (DDB) for England now transfers to Jisc, managed through the newly defined directorate. This merger means the responsibility for collecting and publishing statutory data for all higher education providers across the UK now lies with Jisc.”

For more information, read the news item.

Kudos and Impact Science Introduce the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Knowledge Cooperative

Kudos and Impact Science have launched the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Knowledge Cooperative. “This cross-publisher initiative will help companies, educators, politicians, the media and the wider public understand the evidence around EDI issues, as well as increasing the visibility and reach of EDI-related publications within academia,” Kudos notes. Kudos and Impact Science “are inviting publisher sponsors to join the cooperative and nominated content that will be summarized and promoted to a broad range of audiences.”

“This initiative is an opportunity for the scholarly publishing sector to prove our allyship by taking more active, targeted steps to help improve the lives of those affected by issues of equality, diversity and inclusion,” says Charlie Rapple, chief content officer and co-founder of Kudos. “I’m really looking forward to applying this proven model to improve the visibility and application of research on these important topics.”

For more information, read the press release.

'Here's What You Missed at Meta Connect 2022' by Amanda Silberling

Amanda Silberling writes the following for TechCrunch:

Last year at Meta Connect, the company then known as Facebook dropped a bombshell: It would now be known as Meta and focus on building the ‘metaverse.’ After investing billions of dollars into the future of virtual reality, the rebranded Meta came back this year for its next big announcement: legs. Yes, avatars are going to get legs—our disembodied torsos will finally assume their bipedal form.

Okay, fine, we all know that the biggest announcement … was the anticipated Meta Quest Pro, a high-end VR headset retailing at $1,499.99. But in between its new hardware and … legs, Meta unveiled a number of updates in its plan to dominate virtual reality.

For more information, read the article.

HighSpeedInternet.com Studies How People Spend Time Online

Peter Christiansen writes the following for HighSpeedInternet.com:

We here at HighSpeedInternet.com are deeply interested in how internet access shapes people’s lives, and we believe the best way to understand such topics is to get firsthand information from internet users themselves.

We asked 1,000 people about their online habits and how they’ve changed since last year. While some activities, like dating, mostly happen online these days, there are still plenty of things people prefer to do in person. For example, while telehealth allowed many at-risk people to still see their doctors during the height of the pandemic, most people still prefer to go to their doctor in person.

Key findings include the following:

  • People spend about 8 hours online every day. The average amount of time respondents spent actively using the internet on a phone, tablet, or computer was 8 hours every day. This isn’t including more passive activities, such as streaming music or video in the background while doing other tasks.
  • Internet usage is still increasing. Compared to last year, 44.7% of respondents said their internet usage had increased. Only 10% reported that their internet usage had decreased since last year, while 42.3% said their internet usage had remained about the same.
  • People stream music in the background. The average American spends about 5 hours per day streaming music, podcasts, or other audio content. Those who regularly stream music or audio only give it their full attention 38% of the time as compared to streaming TV and movies, which people give their full attention 58% of the time.
  • 75% of Americans research purchases online. Although people said that they preferred to shop for most things in person rather than online, 75% of our respondents said they always or frequently research products online before buying them. …

For more information, read the article.



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