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Weekly News Digest

July 20, 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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Recent Updates From EveryLibrary

EveryLibrary shared the following with NewsBreaks:

The EveryLibrary Institute hosted a webinar [on July 12] to provide actionable guidance on how library stakeholders can ensure their inclusion in state-level Digital Equity Act (DEA) plans. The webinar aimed to empower state leaders to actively participate in the planning process and maximize funding opportunities for libraries. Led by Liz Gabbitas and John Chrastka, the webinar focused on strategies for stakeholder engagement and offered practical guidance on pre-planning for the DEA and Broadband, Equity, and Deployment (BEAD) programs. Attendees should learn valuable knowledge on navigating the planning process, advocating for library-centric plan components, and contributing to the development of comprehensive digital equity plans.

Watch the webinar, It’s Time to Comment: Ensuring Libraries Are in Your State’s Digital Equity Plan, and read more about it on the EveryLibrary Institute’s website.

In addition, EveryLibrary published a new report, “Unpacking 2023 Legislation of Concern for Libraries and Education,” which “delves into the state-level legislation that has a significant impact on libraries across the United States. It aims to provide crucial support and assistance to state library associations in their future legislative advocacy campaigns.”

Clarivate Integrates ProQuest's Dissertations Database Into the Web of Science

Clarivate “announced the integration of ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global with its renowned Web of Science platform. This integration enables researchers to gain quick and easy access to a vast multidisciplinary collection of early career scholarship of more than 5.5 million global dissertations and theses.”

Clarivate’s ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Citation Index “offers a comprehensive research experience with access to discover early career research alongside journals, preprints and other scholarly sources within a single platform. By eliminating the need to search multiple databases, it will provide a streamlined workflow for students and researchers, facilitating their academic success and driving further research advancements.”

For more information, read the press release.

Professor Compares and Contrasts ChatGPT With Wikipedia

R. Stuart Geiger writes the following in “Opinion: ChatGPT Is This Generation’s Wikipedia. We Have an Opportunity to Learn From the Past.” for The San Diego Union-Tribune:

I teach several courses at UC San Diego in communication and data science about the use and abuse of data, digital platforms, algorithms, personalization and artificial intelligence. I was preparing for my winter Data and Culture class when ChatGPT exploded on the scene. … Due to how ChatGPT works, I knew it would be difficult or impossible to definitively detect its use. …

More importantly, I realized there were striking parallels to Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia anyone can edit, which I’ve edited since 2004 and extensively researched. In the mid-2000s, there was panic about students using this new, uncertain and unreliable information resource. Schools banned Wikipedia while school officials shamed students who read it, and some even argued Wikipedia undermined the idea of truth. Yet the people who wrote Wikipedia didn’t naively trust it. Wikipedians agree it should never be cited definitively and could be dangerous if used uncritically for high-risk decisions. Instead, it was a resource, a starting point, an inherently imperfect and incomplete guide to reliable sources.

For more information, read the article.

Exact Editions Drives Researchers Toward Autocar

Exact Editions introduced an archive for Autocar, which covers nearly 130 years of automotive history in 5,900-plus fully searchable issues. The archive also includes access to each new weekly issue, featuring “thought-provoking editorials, authoritative car reviews and news that leads the global agenda.” Subscriptions to the archive are available for both individuals and institutions.

Exact Editions notes, “The intuitive stacking interface and high-quality images bring new life to issues published more than a century ago and offer car enthusiasts and historians alike an opportunity to reflect on how the car industry has evolved over decades gone by.”

For more information, read the press release.

An Exploration of the Myths, Threats, and Opportunities of AI in Higher Education

The U.K.’s Association of Colleges published a blog post, “Generative AI in Further Education and Skills—The Myths, the Threats and the Opportunities,” by Michael Webb, director of technology and analytics at Jisc’s national centre for AI, which states the following:

From an educational perspective, the rapid emergence and the wider implications of this technology may appear daunting. The key thing is not to panic, but to embrace the opportunities while understanding the challenges. …

As these tools proliferate and regulation for ethical development and usage is enacted, the opportunities to harness generative AI to improve teaching and learning will only increase.

It’s clear that the key to successful use of AI tools in further education is improving the knowledge of generative AI for both staff and learners.

For more information, read the blog post.

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