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Weekly News Digest

January 5, 2023 — 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.

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SAGE Unveils White Paper Showing How Business Schools Measure Research Impact

SAGE published a white paper, Measuring Societal Impact in Business & Management Research: From Challenges to Change (registration required), that shows critical gaps in the metrics that business schools use to evaluate research. It takes information from surveys of business school academics from the Academy of Management, SAGE, Financial Times, and Times Higher Education and reviews the commonly used measures of scholarly impact, while offering recommendations for a more responsible research environment within the business school ecosystem.

Key findings include the following:

  • While historically academics in management have seen their work as being most influential within their field, the survey found that 54 percent consider wider impacts as either strongly or intensely important.
  • 59 percent agree that interdisciplinary research—research that breaks out of the management-only silo—is more important than purely disciplinary research. However, ‘interdisciplinary research is also more difficult to publish.’
  • Those surveyed still see traditional markers of impact—specifically, publishing in journals with high impact factor—as the most used proxy for academic standing in their field.

For more information, read the press release.

Wolters Kluwer Buys an AI Technology Provider Catering to Legal Professionals

Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory acquired Della, a provider of AI technology—based on advanced natural language processing (NLP)—that helps legal professionals review contracts in multiple languages by asking questions. Della becomes part of the Legal Software unit of Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory.

“By integrating the expertise and know-how of Della AI into Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory, we are further enhancing the value we deliver to our customers, by investing in the continuous development of this key technology and the people behind it,” says Giulietta Lemmi, CEO of Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory Legal Software. “Together with Della AI, we will further enhance our customers’ experience and secure a leading position for Wolters Kluwer in the corporate legal market.”

For more information, read the press release.

DPLA Aims to Make Cultural Heritage Content Freely Available on Wikipedia

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) received a $750,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to facilitate a multiyear effort “to make millions of cultural treasures from hundreds of American libraries, archives, and museums freely available online, including Renaissance manuscripts from Philadelphia’s Science History Institute; historic photos of the Pacific Northwest from Seattle Public Library; and portraits of 18th-century actors from the University of Illinois.”

DPLA has been working with the Wikimedia Foundation, which operates Wikipedia, for about 3 years to share photographs, documents, and files on the Wikimedia Commons free repository. “Sloan’s support will allow DPLA to dramatically increase the number of participating organizations and the amount of essential cultural heritage content available on Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, and related Wikimedia projects,” DPLA notes.

For more information, read the announcement.

TLC Releases Newest Version of Its ILS

The Library Corp. (TLC) rolled out the latest product release of the CARL•Solution ILS, which offers new functionality in CARL•X version 9.7.2, CARL•Connect Staff version 1.6.8, CARL•Connect Discovery version 3.6.6, and CARL•Solution APIs version 2.0.2.

More capabilities from CARL•Solution Acquisitions are now integrated into the CARL•Connect web-based solution. CARL•Solution also now gives library staffers sticky grid sizing options and new information returned from BID searches. The Saved Lists experience is updated for patrons, and they can view item availability with defaults for their preferred branch. Other enhancements include better control over branch hours without support intervention, better shelf management and inventory processes, and the addition of a Last Seen Date for items to allow for better collection tracking and in-house circulation reports.

For more information, read the press release.

EveryLibrary Turns 10

EveryLibrary is celebrating its 10th anniversary by sharing testimonials from libraries. The nonprofit is also asking for donations. “When [EveryLibrary] launched in 2012 there were no organizations helping libraries win local ballot measure elections where billions of dollars of library funding is at stake,” the organization notes.

“When I started EveryLibrary, I hoped that the idea of a political action committee for libraries would be welcome and useful. It has been the thrill of my professional life to work with so many Americans and organizations who have invested their time and made generous donations on behalf of libraries,” says John Chrastka, EveryLibrary’s executive director.

The following are some of EveryLibrary’s accomplishments from the past 10 years:

  • Have fought against bad anti-library legislation that seeks to criminalize librarianship
  • Mobilized Americans through petitions and social media to push back on organized attempts to censor books. …
  • Directly supported librarians in the early days of Covid with no-strings donations through our ‘halo fund’.
  • Fought against school library closures across the country, and helped protect school librarians[’] positions. …
  • Rapid-response fundraising for many libraries. …

For more information, read the news item.

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