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November 8, 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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OCLC Shares the Latest Genealogy Resources on WorldCat, Settles Clarivate Suit

OCLC announced the following:

For genealogy enthusiasts, educators, and historians, the new WorldCat.org offers an improved experience to uncover family lineages and investigate historical events. By exploring the billions of library resources from more than 10,000 libraries worldwide represented on WorldCat.org, users can find an unparalleled pool of genealogical information. …

Through WorldCat.org, people can identify a variety of source materials in libraries around the world, including:

  • Newspapers
  • Photographs
  • Family Bibles, church histories, and records
  • Cemetery and burial records
  • Military records
  • Town histories and probate records
  • General genealogical resources, such as directories, handbooks, and magazines
  • Slavery and antislavery materials, including slave records
  • Indexes of births, marriages, deaths, wills, and obituaries
  • Microfilmed genealogy and local history collections

For more information, read the press release.

In other news, OCLC has settled its lawsuit with Clarivate. Read OCLC’s statement and Clarivate’s statement

'Congress Is Sleeping on Making Daylight Saving Time Permanent' by Kelly Rissman

Kelly Rissman writes the following for Vanity Fair:

[T]he House has yet to take up the Sunshine Protection Act, which would eliminate the twice-a-year time change; a number of members of Congress have called for action. …

According to a YouGov poll taken in March, 64% of Americans want to stop changing the clocks twice a year. But Congress is more divided, as regional differences complicate the effects; while Southern states would see more daylight with permanent daylight saving time, Northern states might not see the sun until after 9 a.m. in the winter. 

As Congress loses sleep over what to do next, most sleep experts agree that a standard time—not jumping back and forth—is best for our health. Furthermore, a 2020 study showed a spike in fatal traffic accidents in the week after we changed the clocks.

For more information, read the article.

RBMedia Expands Partnership With Chronicle Books

RBmedia entered into a new partnership with Chronicle Books. The 3-year agreement will see RBmedia increasing its publication of Chronicle Books audio titles and collaborating on various titles. In the past, RBmedia has published audio editions of Chronicle Books content, including Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics by Dolly Parton and the Charlie & Mouse series by Laurel Snyder. The Chronicle Books audiobooks that RBmedia releases will be produced and distributed under RBmedia’s brand, Recorded Books, and its Tantor imprint.

For more information, read the press release.

EBSCO Information Services Creates Research Skill-Building Solution for Students

EBSCO Information Services launched Pathways to Research, a product suite of searchable, curated research summaries designed to help students build college-level research skills by learning how to conduct and synthesize research. The subject-specific Pathways to Research products bridge the gap between encyclopedic high school resources and journal-based college resources. The products offer links to thousands of scholarly articles in subjects not necessarily covered by textbooks. Each product focuses on 100 or more topics in a specific field and has exclusive, peer-reviewed summaries that are written by Ph.D.-level scholars and professors and link to citations and related articles. They also feature illustrations, photos, and charts.

New topics will be added and summaries will be updated continuously. The first three products released are Pathways to Research in Education (discussing diversity/multicultural education, early childhood education, literacy, multilingual learners, special education, and more), Pathways to Research in Business and Economics (addressing corporate social responsibility; equity, diversity, and inclusion; human resources; sales and marketing; supply chain management; and more), and Pathways to Research in Sustainability (covering agriculture, construction management, engineering, environmental policy, natural resources, public administration and planning, and more).

For more information, read the press release.

'Permanent Daylight Saving Time Will Hurt Our Health, Experts Say' by Sandee LaMotte

Sandee LaMotte writes the following for CNN Health:

The end of Daylight Saving Time is upon us again, an autumn tradition when the United States, Europe, most of Canada and a number of other countries move their clocks backwards an hour in a sort of Groundhog Day trust fall. We’ll move them forward (again) next spring when governments put daylight saving back in place. …

However, a growing number of sleep experts say the act of moving our clocks forward in the spring is ruining our health. Studies over the last 25 years have shown the one-hour change disrupts body rhythms tuned to Earth’s rotation, adding fuel to the debate over whether having Daylight Saving Time in any form is a good idea. …

Standard time, which we enter when we move our clocks back in the fall, is much closer to the sun’s day and night cycle. … This cycle has set our circadian rhythm, or body clock, for centuries.

For more information, read the article.

Gale Digital Scholar Lab Plays a Role in Research on King Tut's Tomb, 100 Years After Its Discovery

Cengage Group announced the following:

For the first time in nearly 100 years, scholars and the curious public can see one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century in a new light. The Tutankhamun Centenary: 1922–2022 is a website showcasing University of Washington students’ groundbreaking digital humanities (DH) research to mark a century since the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s (King Tut’s) tomb. For the Tut Talks project, masters and undergraduate students used tools like Gale Digital Scholar Lab (The Lab) from Gale, part of Cengage Group, to create a publicly available resource from previously inaccessible collections. It includes selected private papers of Howard Carter, the British archeologist who discovered the tomb, and articles from The Times of London, the primary disseminator of information about the discovery and excavation. …

Gale Digital Scholar Lab’s analysis tools were used throughout the project. As a cloud-based research environment, The Lab integrates an unmatched depth and breadth of digital primary source material with some of today’s most popular digital humanities analysis and visualization tools. It provides a new lens to explore history and empowers researchers to deepen their understanding of the world and its representation in the written word. 

For more information, read the press release.

SAGE Signs Its First Italian OA Agreement With the Bibliosan Consortium

SAGE has entered into a new OA agreement with Bibliosan, an Italian consortium of biomedical research libraries. The deal—SAGE’s first OA deal in Italy—gives Bibliosan’s network of 68 research institutions online access to SAGE’s full journal collection of 114 fully OA and 240 hybrid, peer-reviewed journals. Researchers at Bibliosan institutions will be able to publish their research OA in all hybrid journals and will get a discount on article-processing charges for the gold OA journals.

“It is the first year that Bibliosan has signed an open access agreement with SAGE,” says Moreno Curti, Bibliosan coordinator. “This is an important step towards making the results of publicly funded research available, making it easier for researchers of Bibliosan members, the Italian Scientific Research and Care Institutes, to publish their research in open access journals, both hybrid and gold.”

For more information, read the press release.

SirsiDynix's OA Solution Gets Integrated Into CCC's Get It Now Delivery Service

SirsiDynix’s CloudSource+ solution is now integrated with CCC’s Get It Now service, giving customers access to immediate purchase and delivery of full-text articles from journals to which they aren’t subscribed.

CloudSource+ libraries can use Get It Now to do the following:

  • Immediately fulfill patron requests for full-text articles—24 hours a day, 7 days a week—with or without a mediator.
  • Expand the library’s virtual collection with articles from more than 19,000 journals and tens of millions of articles.
  • Improve the patron experience by delivering articles outside of subscriptions.
  • Stay within budget with advanced data and reporting.

“We are excited to expand our longstanding partnership with SirsiDynix,” says Emily Sheahan, VP and managing director of CCC. “The integration of Get It Now and CloudSource+ provides academic library patrons with unmatched content discovery and immediate access in support of scholarly research.”

For more information, read the press release.

PREreview and eLife Get Grant to Continue Working Toward More Inclusive Peer Review

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative awarded a grant to PREreview and eLife to help the nonprofits increase their efforts to help more diverse communities of researchers to participate in the open peer review of preprints. PREreview and eLife have an existing partnership designed to improve technology and research culture that would support a more inclusive ecosystem for the public review of preprints. Their current project is enhancing PREreview’s integration into the Sciety preprint evaluation site.

With the grant funding, the nonprofits are setting two key goals: to “develop PREreview’s software and engagement strategies to allow new communities to solicit and create expert feedback on preprints” and to “help enable reviewing organisations and societies to implement their own flavours of the ‘publish, review, curate’ model that PREreview and Sciety are showcasing, by building systems that facilitate and display expert reviews and curated lists.”

For more information, read the news item.

The Royal Society of Chemistry Goes All In on OA

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is planning to make all 44 of its fully owned journals OA within 5 years. It will be the first chemistry publisher to do so. RSC cites its “commitment to Inclusion and Diversity [by] partnering with institutions around the world to develop new Open Access models that work for them, and that do not rely solely on authors paying processing or publication charges.”

RSC’s “goal is for the majority of its global author community to be covered by institutional or funder level deals. This will only be possible with the involvement and collaboration of its international partners, including institutions, corporations and funders. [RSC] is making the commitment to engage with these partners and communities to evolve the open access landscape towards a model where the author does not pay article processing charges.”

For more information, read the news article.



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