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Weekly News Digest

May 23, 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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IMLS Announces the National Medal for Museum and Library Service Winners

IMLS announced the 2024 recipients of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. “The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that demonstrate excellence in service to their communities. Since 1994, the award has honored 212 institutions that exemplified extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service,” IMLS notes.

The library recipients are:

The museum recipients are:

For more information, read the press release.

The MIT Press Shares the Successes of Its Direct to Open Program

The MIT Press published an impact report on the first 3 years of its Direct to Open (D2O) program, which “is a sustainable framework for open access monographs that shifts publishing from a solely market-based, purchase model where individuals and libraries buy single eBooks, to a collaborative, library-supported open access model.”

“D2O has exceeded expectations in its first three years, and we’re thrilled to share the impact,” says Amy Brand, director and publisher at the MIT Press. D2O has funded 240 books so far, and they are reaching an average of 3,061 downloads per title. The MIT Press is currently accepting commitments from libraries and consortia for D2O in 2025.

For more information, read the press release.

Clarivate Launches the Academic AI Platform as the Backbone of Its Solutions

Guy Ben-Porat, VP of academic AI at Clarivate, writes the following in a blog post for the company:

At Clarivate, we understand the transformative power of artificial intelligence (AI) in the academic realm and the imperative to introduce AI thoughtfully and responsibly into research, teaching and learning environments. …

[W]e are excited to announce the launch of the Clarivate Academic AI Platform. The platform serves as a technology backbone, enabling accelerated and consistent deployment of AI capabilities across our Academia & Government portfolio of solutions. With Retrieval Augmented Generation (RAG) architecture, document insights and metadata capabilities at its core, the platform ensures that answers and insights provided by Clarivate solutions are grounded in our extensive collection of curated scholarly content, including Web of Science Core Collection, ProQuest full text resources, Ebook Central materials and the Ex Libris Central Discovery Index.

For more information, read the blog post.

Exact Editions Creates Digital Archive of Psychology, Photography, and Ceramics Magazines

Kelsey Media on the Exact Editions platformExact Editions now offers digital editions of three magazine brands from Kelsey Media: Psychologies, Amateur Photographer, and ClayCraft. Institutional and individual subscribers will have access to a fully searchable archive of back issues and new issues as they’re released.

The press release shares that Psychologies “is dedicated to supporting emotional well-being and personal development in order to help people curate a positive outlook on life, Amateur Photographer features “detailed product reviews, guidance on photographic techniques, and the latest news from the photography industry, and ClayCraft offers “invaluable design inspiration and constructive advice for projects in … the world of ceramics.”

For more information, read the press release.

PLOS Adds All of Its Journals to ResearchGate

PLOS partnered with ResearchGate to make all of its journals available on ResearchGate’s Journal Home platform. “PLOS publishes rigorously peer-reviewed research articles together with expert commentary and analysis. All articles are open access meaning the science published can be shared with the widest possible audience ensuring everyone can access, share and reuse the high-quality content. More than 300,000 full-text articles from all of PLOS’ 14 journals will now be accessible through ResearchGate,” the press release states. All previously published articles will be available via Journal Home, and new articles will be made available as they’re published.

PLOS authors will get their articles automatically added to their profiles on ResearchGate so they can easily share their works and track how they are being read and cited.

For more information, read the press release.

The Verge Shares Updates From Microsoft Build 2024

Wes Davis writes the following in a summary of this year’s Microsoft Build event for The Verge:

Microsoft had a lot to say about Windows and AI—and a little to say about custom emoji—during the Build 2024 keynote. The company, like just about everyone else in the industry, is charging hard at cramming AI into every nook and cranny it can find. That means Copilot watching your screen to help you play Minecraft or giving you AI agent co-workers.

For more information, read the article.

CNET Reports on Global Tech Companies' AI Summit

Ian Sherr writes the following for CNET:

World governments and leading tech companies … made a series of pledges at a summit in Seoul, South Korea, focused on artificial intelligence, promising investments in research, testing and safety. 

Amazon, Google, Meta, Microsoft, OpenAI and Samsung were among the companies that made the voluntary, nonbinding commitments to steer AI away from working on bioweapons, disinformation or automated cyberattacks, according to statements from the summit and reporting from Reuters and AP. The companies also agreed to build a ‘kill switch’ into their AIs, effectively allowing them to shut down their systems in the case of a catastrophe.

For more information, read the article.

Plagiarism Today Explores the Latest Decision of the Copyright Claims Board

Jonathan Bailey writes the following in “Disney, Books and the Copyright Claims Board” for Plagiarism Today:

[On May 13], the Copyright Claims Board (CCB) handed down a final determination in its longest-running case: Morly Investments Pty Ltd v. The Walt Disney Company, et al. …

The case pits an Australian author, Rebecca Lim, and her publisher, Morly Investments Pty Ltd (Imprint: The High Street Publishing Company), against one of the largest media corporations in the world, Disney. It features a dispute over a book publishing contract and allegations that Disney continued authorizing sales of Lim’s book after the agreement ended.

The case is an outlier for the CCB in several ways. It involves the active participation of a large corporation, addresses three separate types of copyright infringement, and deals with statute of limitations issues.

For more information, read the article.

Libby Life Offers Book Recommendations for Mental Health Awareness Month

Annie Suhy offers 10 burnout-related book recommendations and writes the following in “10 Books to Avoid Burnout for Mental Health Awareness Month” for the Libby Life newsletter:

It’s all too easy to get lost in a maze of well-meaning advice, mindfulness and meditation techniques, essential oils, and herbal remedies when you’re feeling overwhelmed. But sometimes no amount of “namaste” and chamomile tea can soothe your stressed out soul, signaling a journey down the highway toward Burnout City. And on this road trip, sorry, there are no rest stops. …

The simple pleasure of getting lost in a good book instead of your endless to-do list has been proven to help us chill out. One research study even found that reading for just 6 minutes per day can reduce your stress by 68%.

For more information, read the article.

Reuters Details Another Copyright-Related Lawsuit Against the Internet Archive

Blake Brittain writes the following for Reuters:

A California federal court has denied the Internet Archive’s bid to dismiss part of a copyright case brought by a group of major record labels including Universal Music Group and Sony Music over its program for digitizing and streaming vintage vinyl records.

U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney … rejected the Archive’s argument that the labels’ claims over thousands of records were time barred, but said the nonprofit could raise its defense again later in the case. … The Archive is facing a separate federal lawsuit from leading book publishers who say its digital book-lending program violates their copyrights.

For more information, read the article.

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