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February 7, 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. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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The Library of Congress Celebrates Black History Month

The Library of Congress (LC) is marking the start of Black History Month with the introduction of a new curated web archive collection that documents the protests that occurred in response to the police murder of George Floyd, dating between June 29 and Aug. 7, 2020. It focuses on 200-plus web archives that showcase the organized resistance and grassroots movements against racism and police brutality against Black people, as well as activism advocating for police reform. Visit the Protests Against Racism Web Archive at loc.gov/collections/protests-against-racism-web-archive/about-this-collection.

Other Black History Month markers at the LC include an in-person Black History Month 2023: Black Resistance display at the Thomas Jefferson Building, a Feb. 8 webinar titled African Americans in Business: Doing Historical Company Research, and a Feb. 23 in-person concert at the Thomas Jefferson Building featuring Black American music scholar Jake Blount singing and playing the banjo and the fiddle.

For more information, read the news release.

LexisNexis Intellectual Property Solutions Buys an AI-Based Patent Classifier

LexisNexis Intellectual Property Solutions “entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Aistemos Limited, a patent classification company, which trades under the Cipher brand.” Cipher uses AI and machine learning to classify patents, which helps “customers uncover insights into complex landscapes of patented technologies to support their strategic IP [intellectual property] decisions.” Cipher becomes part of LexisNexis’ flagship IP analytics solution, PatentSight.

“With the addition of the Cipher classification capabilities, PatentSight customers will not only be able to build custom technology taxonomies based on how they view the world but also make those custom classifiers available across their entire IP department, providing a consistent understanding of the world’s technologies,” Cipher notes. “The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2023. Financial details are not disclosed.”

For more information, read the press release.

Patron Point Integrates With the Events Platform From SOLUS

SOLUS and Patron Point have announced into a new integration between eb#1, SOLUS’ Events & Room Bookings platform, and Patron Point’s library marketing automation platform, specifically its automated email marketing. It launches with Moonee Valley Libraries in Australia.

The integration includes the following features:

  • Full automation between Patron Point and SOLUS. The library designs their emails, sets a schedule and target patrons and the system does the rest every week or every month or whatever schedule they like
  • Only available events. Events that are fully booked or cancelled are hidden from view (optional)
  • Full filtering by category and location. The library can design different emails for different audiences
  • Series summaries. In emails we show one entry for the series with the time/location details [summarized] to save space and make the events lists manageable in size

For more information, read the press release.

Frontiers Formalizes Platform Partnership With the World Economic Forum

Gold OA publisher Frontiers entered into a new partnership with the World Economic Forum (WEF) whereby Frontiers will join the forum’s Centre for the New Economy and Society and help to champion open science. This agreement for Frontiers to become a WEF Platform Partner—which runs until the end of October 2025—formalizes the two organizations’ long-standing collaborative relationship.

Frontiers notes, “As a Platform Partner, Frontiers will actively participate in the WEF’s network, embedding its expertise within the Forum’s knowledge communities and taking an active role in dialogues and summits. This will build on Frontiers’ previous work with the WEF, which includes the curation of their transformation map on quantum computing, providing an RSS feed to integrate content into the classification engine supplying information to the map.”

For more information, read the blog post.

Urban Libraries Council Urges Libraries to Participate in Addressing Food Insecurity

The Urban Libraries Council rolled out a new white paper, “Food Is a Right: Libraries and Food Justice,” which describes the current state of food insecurity in North America and highlights the strategic role that libraries play in addressing community needs.

The white paper describes programs, services, and activities that libraries are implementing to fight food insecurity, along with recommendations for other libraries to follow. It also features effective and replicable approaches to producing solutions in partnership with local communities.

For more information, read the press release.

67 Bricks Joins the Sustainable Development Goals Publishers Compact

67 Bricks shared that it “is the latest signatory to the SDG Publishers Compact, joining an impressive roster of the leading players within the publishing industry. As a member, 67 Bricks will be committing to supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) both by working with clients to ensure best practices and scrutinising our own processes.”

The SDG Publishers Compact “aims to accelerate progress to achieve the [SDGs] by 2030. Signatories aspire to develop sustainable practices and act as champions of the SDGs during the Decade of Action (2020-2030), publishing books and journals that will help inform, develop, and inspire action in that direction.”

For more information, read the news item.

'Introducing the New EPUB Reader for E-Books at the Library of Congress' by Carlyn Osborn

Carlyn Osborn writes the following for the Library of Congress blog The Signal:

When we first made open access e-books available on loc.gov [via The Open Access Books Collection], titles were available for download in either PDF or EPUB format, but PDF was the only one available for reading directly on the website; loc.gov did not support viewing EPUBs in the browser and they were only available for download. As many books were available in both formats or in PDF only, this ensured most titles were viewable directly on the website. However, we recognized an increase in titles available in EPUB only so we are happy to share the news that an EPUB viewer was launched on loc.gov. The viewer makes EPUBs available for reading on loc.gov and provides a richer interface for users.

For more information, read the blog post.

CCC Releases a Study of How Knowledge Workers Handle Information

CCC is unveiling key findings from “Information Seeking and Consumption Study,” which is based on data gathered by Outsell. They include the following:
  • [P]otential instances of unlicensed sharing per employee in the executive suite [were] significantly higher than middle management or individual users, even as executives had the highest reported level of copyright awareness.
  • [E]mail is still the preferred method of distributing information but is trending downwards.
  • Collaboration tools such as Microsoft Teams, Slack, and Google Workspace continue to gain traction, doubling the percentage of respondents who say these are their preferred methods of sharing information from 16% in 2020 to 33% today.

“With collaboration tools and practices continuously evolving, companies must take care to protect their organization from the risk of copyright infringement,” says Tracey Armstrong, CCC’s president and CEO. “This study reaffirms the importance of having a well-communicated copyright policy and education program, supported by comprehensive licensing solutions.”

For more information, read the press release.

Elsevier Encourages Submissions to Women in AI Issue of Life Sciences Journal

Elsevier’s journal Artificial Intelligence in the Life Sciences is producing a Themed Article Collection titled Women in AI in the Life Sciences. It aims to provide more visibility to female scientists who have led groundbreaking research projects that use AI to solve problems in the biomedical, healthcare, and chemistry fields.

The journal will showcase women’s research that is submitted by June 30, 2023. Researchers can submit their manuscripts at sciencedirect.com/journal/artificial-intelligence-in-the-life-sciences/about/call-for-papers#women-in-artificial-intelligence-in-the-life-sciences.

For more information, read the press release.

Elsevier Unveils a Reproductive Health Hub of Evidence-Based Resources

Elsevier rolled out the Reproductive Health Hub, which is designed “to support healthcare professionals with trusted information about reproductive health topics including fertility, pregnancy, contraception, and menopause.” It features “an extensive set of clinical guidelines on various areas of reproductive health and health issues related to pregnancy. There are resources on relevant nursing skills, such as undertaking ultrasounds, providing bereavement support and the identification and treatment of possible side effects of pregnancy. The hub will also feature educational resources for healthcare professionals to share with patients, providing valuable information on issues relating to fertility, pregnancy and menopause, as well as education on the many medications that can be used in reproductive healthcare.” 

Elsevier notes, “The evidence-based content included in the hub will be regularly reviewed to ensure it remains a reliable and current resource for all healthcare professionals working in reproductive health.”

For more information, read the press release.



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