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December 13, 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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ALA Throws Its Weight Behind the Adult Education WORKS Act

ALA is supporting the bipartisan Adult Education Workforce Opportunity and Reskilling for Knowledge and Success Act (Adult Education WORKS Act), which aims to “expand economic opportunity and mobility for millions of people by increasing funding for adult education, strengthening coordination across adult education and workforce programs, and providing support for college and career navigators at public libraries and community-based organizations among its provisions.”

ALA is working with Senate offices to advance the legislation and to ensure that it “will leverage the reach, expertise and resources of America’s public libraries to boost college and career readiness.”

For more information, read the press release.

AM Allows Primary Source Access for Big Ten Academic Alliance Consortium

AM (the new name for Adam Matthew Digital) entered into a new agreement with the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) library consortium that will give scholars at 14 of the leading research institutions in the U.S. access to essential primary source content from the entire AM core collections portfolio.

“The ability to draw on this breadth of content in a united way across the BTAA membership will create opportunities for inter-institution research and collaborative projects at an unprecedented scale, whilst at the same time allowing individual members to focus on their own local academic strengths and specialisms,” AM states.

For more information, read the news item.

OverDrive Provides Report on the State of EContent in Academic Libraries

OverDrive shares the results of a Choice survey, “The State of Ebooks in Academic Libraries: 2022” (registration required), which finds that “[a]s academic libraries pivot to meet the needs of a digital-first student population, many libraries are shifting their digital collections to include more popular fiction and nonfiction digital materials.”

The survey shows that 85% of academic libraries have ebooks and e-audiobooks in their collections and that ebook purchasing in most subject areas has increased nearly 26%. In addition, “non-curriculum-based ebooks are a rapidly growing portion of academic library digital collections (79 percent of respondents devote up to 10 percent of their collection to pleasure reading, which is a 14 percent increase from 2020).”

The survey was underwritten by OverDrive Academic. For more information, read the blog post.

Simba Information Studies the OA Publishing Market

Simba Information released a report, “Open Access Journal Publishing 2022-2026” (purchase required), which features detailed market information for the OA segment of scholarly journal publishing, analyzes trends that impact OA publishing, and forecasts market growth. It also offers in-depth reviews of 10 leading OA publishers, including Springer Nature, Wiley, Frontiers, and Taylor & Francis.

The press release asserts, “The Biden administration’s decision to drop embargos on publicly funded research will fuel strong open access publishing growth over the next four years. … [T]he rate of growth—both in terms of open access (OA) articles published and revenue generated—spiked over the last two years mostly as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. OA sales now represent 12% of the global 2021 scholarly journal market, when it accounted for less than 5% as recently as 2017.”

For more information, read the press release.

PLOS Joins Forces With EarthArXiv for Automatic Preprint Submission

PLOS teamed up with EarthArXiv so that beginning in 2023, authors submitting work to PLOS ClimatePLOS Sustainability and Transformation, and PLOS Water can opt to automatically submit their manuscript to the EarthArXiv preprint server from within PLOS’s submission system. PLOS is also partnered with the bioRxiv and medRxiv preprint servers.

“Preprints allow colleagues to easily find, use, and review the latest research results. PLOS’ streamlined integration with EarthArXiv expands our open-access research offerings while making preprinting easier for Earth science researchers,” says Tom Narock, co-founder of EarthArXiv.

For more information, read the blog post/press release.



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