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May 14, 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. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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The Scholarly Kitchen Blog Marks Mental Health Awareness Month

Sharnie Dunstall, the inclusivity and operations manager at The International Bunch marketing agency, writes the following in a guest post for The Scholarly Kitchen:

In a world where labels seem to define everything, from our clothing preferences to disabilities to the choices we make, mental health is one of many aspects of our lives that shouldn’t fall victim to categorization. It’s time to change the stigma that mental health can be neatly packaged and labelled. It can’t, it shouldn’t. …

Many individuals may fear being judged or misunderstood if they’re labeled with a mental health condition. This fear can prevent them from reaching out for support when they need it most. Instead of focusing on labels, we should foster environments where individuals feel safe to talk openly about their mental health without fear of judgment.

For more information, read the blog post.

eLife Opens Applications for the Ben Barres Spotlight Awards for Underrepresented Researchers

Applications are open for eLife’s 2024 Ben Barres Spotlight Awards, which reward up to $5,000 to institutionally affiliated life sciences or biomedical sciences researchers from underrepresented backgrounds or countries with limited funding. The awards, which launched in 2019, have supported more than 50 researchers who have authored publicly reviewed preprints or written eLife articles.

Ben Barres was a reviewing editor at eLife who “brought invaluable scientific expertise, boundless energy, and passionate advocacy to eLife's communities. He was a vocal champion for trans and women’s rights, shining a light on injustices within academia. Through the Ben Barres Spotlight Awards, we are proud to help uphold Ben's legacy and strive towards his vision of a more inclusive and equitable scientific community,” eLife states.

Applications are due by June 4, 2024. The winners will be announced at an online ceremony on July 3.

For more information, read the news item.

Hungarian Science Publisher Adds Journals to ResearchGate

ResearchGate partnered with Akadémiai Kiadó (AK), Hungary’s oldest continuously operating publishing house, to add AK journals to ResearchGate’s Journal Home platform.

“The new partnership will enable AK to connect with highly relevant new and existing audiences of authors and readers. All version-of-record article content from the initial participating journals, including archive content and new articles on publication, will be available on ResearchGate,” according to the press release. “Dedicated journal profiles will be activated on the platform, providing key information and content from the journals, as well as uniquely enabling ResearchGate members to explore how their own network connects to a journal. The journals will also be prominently featured on all associated articles and touchpoints throughout the ResearchGate network, enhancing visibility for readers and potential authors.”

For more information, read the press release.

JSTOR Releases Its List of 2024 Path to Open Titles

JSTOR announced the following:

Path to Open, a pilot program to support the open access publication of new groundbreaking scholarly books that brings diverse perspectives and research to millions of people, will add 300 new books from 44 university presses in 2024. This includes titles from 9 publishers new to Path to Open, with several that expand the initiative’s global coverage: Bristol University PressSydney University PressMelbourne University Publishing, and Leiden University Press. …

Faculty and students at Path to Open participating libraries will gain access to the 2024 books on JSTOR immediately upon publication, adding to the 2023 list of 100 books already available. All Path to Open books will become open access three years after publication.

For more information, read the news item.

Book Riot Publishes a Guide to Prepping for Pride Month at the Library

Kelly Jensen writes the following in “How to Prepare for Pride Month in Libraries 2024” for Book Riot:

For libraries, Pride has traditionally been a month for joyful displays of queer books, with periodic and predictable complaints. But several years into surging book bans, escalating violence, and rising fascism now, it is important to prepare for the upcoming month of events to anticipate all that has, does, and might arise.

Last year, I put together a how to guide to Pride displays in libraries and it feels appropriate to repost now to help libraries prepare. 

For more information, read the article.

Library Marketing Expert Breaks Down How the TikTok Ban Might Affect Libraries

Angela Hursh released a new episode of The Library Marketing Show titled “What Does the TikTok Ban Mean for Your Library Marketing? Let’s Unpack the Potential Impact.”

“I’m sure you’ve heard by now that U.S. President Joe Biden has signed a bill banning TikTok in the United States. What would that mean for your library marketing? Now that the dust has settled a bit on the coverage of the ban, and speculation from experts, we’ll dive into it,” she writes in the episode summary.

For more information, watch the YouTube video.

APA Studies How to Have Respectful Political Discussions

The American Psychological Association (APA) shared the following:

Civilized political debates may seem increasingly out of reach as democracies across the world face rising polarization, but people still want to discuss issues with people they disagree with—especially those who present themselves as balanced and willing to seek solutions that work for everyone or open to learning new information, according to two studies published by the American Psychological Association.

For more information, read the press release.

OCLC Unveils Meridian Tool for Creating, Curating, and Connecting Linked Data Entities

OCLC announced the following:

Introducing OCLC Meridian, a web application and set of APIs that libraries and other organizations that manage metadata for knowledge collections can use to create, curate, and connect linked data entities. Published in WorldCat Entities, this linked data is then available for use across a wide variety of services, systems, and data sets to connect to other knowledge streams where people search for information.

Meridian enables the creation of linked data entities and descriptive relationships from within libraries’ current workflows, forming connections to existing bibliographic records and other datasets in the global information ecosystem. Through these connections, WorldCat Entities data improves library discovery, findability, and relevance across the web.

This new service allows libraries and other organizations managing metadata to contribute to a shared linked data infrastructure. Libraries can contribute at their own pace and without disruptions to their current workflows.

For more information, read the press release.

Clarivate Rolls Out the AI-Native Web of Science Research Intelligence Software

Smita Krishnan, VP of product management for academia and government at Clarivate, writes the following:

At Clarivate, we recognize the pivotal role that research plays in shaping the future. That’s why we’re excited to announce the development of Web of Science Research Intelligence, a next-generation software solution powered by AI that will empower researchers to accelerate breakthroughs and research institutions to better measure and showcase the impact of their research. …

Currently being developed in partnership with leading academic institutions, Web of Science Research Intelligence is an AI-native platform that embodies a vision centered on three pillars: unification, innovation and impact. It seamlessly integrates funding data with research outputs that include publications, patents, conference proceedings, books, policy documents and more. Based on these data, the platform identifies relevant funding opportunities within emerging research areas, equipping institutions and researchers to innovate.

For more information, read the blog post.

The Copyright Public Modernization Committee Is Revived to Advise the U.S. Copyright Office

The Library of Congress reauthorized the Copyright Public Modernization Committee and is accepting applications for membership through June 18, 2024.

“Established in 2021 for an initial three-year term, the Copyright Public Modernization Committee was created to enhance communication with external stakeholders about the development of the new Enterprise Copyright System and other technology-related U.S. Copyright Office initiatives. In its first iteration, the committee was comprised of 13 individuals from across the broader copyright community and held biannual public meetings with hundreds of virtual attendees,” according to the press release.

The volunteer members will “provide feedback to the Library of Congress on the technology-related aspects of the Copyright Office’s modernization initiative, including both Copyright Office IT systems and the broader Library IT systems that interface with or support Copyright Office operations.”

For more information, read the press release.

GetFTR Incorporates Retraction and Errata Data Into Its Service

Get Full Text Research (GetFTR) teamed up with Crossref for an enhancement to its core service that “will expose retraction and errata information to researchers at the point of discovery.” GetFTR shares the following:

This collaboration with Crossref marks a significant step forward in ensuring researchers have access to the most accurate and up-to-date scholarly content.

Earlier this year, GetFTR revealed plans to leverage its existing infrastructure to incorporate retraction and errata data provided by Crossref and Retraction Watch. Today, this service has officially gone live for researchers using the GetFTR Browser Extension, with plans for wider implementation later this year across tools and platforms integrated with GetFTR.

For more information, read the news item.

Simba Information Looks at the State of Products in the STM Publishing Space

Bob Berkman writes the following for the Freedonia Group, which owns Simba Information:

New product rollouts have been in the spotlight for Science, Technology, Medical (STM) online publishers. AI technology is a significant driver of product development, but there is also considerable development activity beyond that realm.

That’s one of the major findings of the just released Global STM Online Services 2024-2028 report by Simba Information, which has sized the overall STM online services market at $9.2 billion at the publisher level in 2023; forecast to reach $11.1 billion in 2028.

In addition to integrating AI, online products for the medical market are being developed to address a range of market challenges and opportunities. Among these are shortages of medical personnel, new technology that can offer more effective medical education, and the need for products that provide a bridge between education and real-world healthcare.

For more information, read the press release.

The New Yorker: 'A TikTok Ban Wonít Fix Social Media' by Kyle Chayka

Kyle Chayka writes the following for The New Yorker:

You can ban TikTok in America, but it is far too late to contain the habits it has unleashed. The U.S. ban makes most sense as a political stunt: bellicose actions against China are popular across the political spectrum, and the demographic most vocally upset by the threatened ban are those too young to vote.

One funny thing about TikTok is that, for all its ubiquity in the news cycle and in discourse about social media, many of the concerned parties know little about it. …

For more information, read the article.

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