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Weekly News Digest

February 6, 2024 — 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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ZDNet Looks at the Ethics of Generative Artificial Intelligence

Min Shin, associate editor at ZDNET, writes the following in “The Ethics of Generative AI: How We Can Harness This Powerful Technology”:

As updated AI models evolve newer capabilities, legal regulations still lie in a gray area. What we can do now is educate ourselves on the challenges that come with using powerful technology and learn what guardrails are being put in place against the misuse of technology that holds enormous potential. …

[For example, r]esearchers are studying ways to prevent the abuse of generative AI by developing methods of using it against itself to detect instances of AI manipulation.

For more information, read the article.

Nexbib Enters the North American Library Market

Library technology solutions provider Nexbib has appointed Scott Hackstadt president of North America, signaling its expansion into the U.S. and Canadian markets. Hackstadt has 20-plus years of experience in the library sector. He says, “Working with Nexbib is an exciting opportunity. Observing their success in other countries, I am confident that we can introduce the same reliable and sustainable solutions to North America.”

For more information, read the press release.

Cambridge University Press Adds Journals to ResearchGate

ResearchGate is partnering with Cambridge University Press to add 16 OA journals to ResearchGate’s Journal Home platform. These include the Cambridge Prisms and Research Directions titles.

“All version-of-record content from the sixteen journals will be made available on ResearchGate, including newly published articles and all archive material. Additionally, the journals will benefit from enhanced visibility through dedicated profiles for each journal, and prominent journal branding activated across all associated article pages and other touchpoints on the ResearchGate platform,” the press release states. Authors from participating journals will get their articles automatically added to their ResearchGate profiles and will have access to stats about the impact of their work.

For more information, read the press release.

Digital Science Company Reveals the State of Patent Applications From Big Tech

Digital Science company IFI CLAIMS issued a study of patent applications, which finds that IBM, Google, and Microsoft have the most applications in generative artificial intelligence (GenAI). Samsung, Adobe, and Intel are also in the top 10. Notably, OpenAI—creator of ChatGPT—has submitted fewer than five patent applications, compared with IBM’s leading 1,500-plus applications. The study “shows that GenAI patents make up around 22% of all patents in AI, which is itself growing, with over half a million patents in this area in the last five years.”

For more information, read the press release.

EveryLibrary Begins the Libraries2024 Campaign

EveryLibrary introduced Libraries2024, “a new voter-facing campaign to promote issue advocacy and civic education about school libraries, public libraries, and the profession of librarianship in advance of Election Days throughout the 2024 cycle.” The campaign aims to inspire “all Americans to be civically engaged, registered to vote, and be informed about issues affecting their communities—especially public and school libraries,” such as taxpayers support for public libraries, the First Amendment, and the defunding impacting school libraries.

For more information, read the news item. 

TLC and CLCD Partner for Expanded Access to Class-Shelf Plus

CLCD (Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database) entered into a strategic partnership with The Library Corporation (TLC) to meet “the shared goal of enhancing integration and expanding access to CLCD’s cutting-edge products, including the revolutionary Class-Shelf Plus.” This product “was launched to make significant impact in school and classroom collections, with administrative oversight and community review of collections, when needed.” TLC will help introduce CLCD into library systems by selling its suite of products, which will be seamlessly integrated into TLC’s solutions.

For more information, read the press release.

eLife Forms the Global South Committee for Open Science

eLife announced the following:

Our new model has the potential to make publishing a more inclusive enterprise, offering the benefits of scholarly review while giving authors more agency in the publishing process. To fulfil that potential, we need coordinated efforts and to hear from the communities most impacted by the inequity in the status quo.

We’ve therefore set up the eLife Global South Committee for Open Science to learn directly from our peers in the Global South, so that we can strive to overcome these barriers in the pursuit of inclusive, equitable and more diverse scientific communications. …

The Global South Committee for Open Science brings together researchers from countries and territories that share characteristics with regard to socioeconomics, politics, limited representation and policy influence on key issues and who are therefore often minoritised. This group provides a dedicated space to work with eLife towards greater involvement within science communication and innovation.

For more information and bios of the 10 founding committee members, read the news item.

LexisNexis Studies How Artificial Intelligence Is Affecting Law Firms

LexisNexis Legal & Professional released the “results from a survey of senior leadership at top U.S. law firms and legal professionals at Fortune 1000 companies. The survey was conducted to better understand the business impact of generative AI technology on the legal industry and how it is redefining itself.”

Findings, available at, include the following:

  • Nearly all the legal executives surveyed expect their investment in generative AI technologies to increase over the next five years (90%).
  • 70% believe these solutions will enable new value-added work product for clients, with about a third (30%) expecting these solutions to result in a direct impact on firm revenue.
  • Regarding the bottom line, nearly half (47%) expect to achieve a reduction in costs from the use of generative AI solutions.
  • Both large law firm and corporate respondents believe generative AI technology will impact hiring, with 27% anticipating increased hiring of technologists in 2024. …

For more information, read the press release.

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