Tools

HighWire’s Rejected Article Tracker granted US patent

(25 Apr 2019) Scholarly publishing technology provider, HighWire, has been issued a patent for the algorithm and design which underlies the HighWire Vizor Rejected Article Tracker. Granted on April 9 2019 by the United States Patent Office, the algorithm was developed by John Sack as lead inventor, working with a number of co-inventor colleagues, to […]

April 29, 2019 - 8:44 am
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ACRL and Gale launch Libraries Transform Toolkit

(11 Apr 2019)  The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and Gale, a Cengage company, have collaborated to create the ACRL Libraries Transform Toolkit. This free new toolkit provides academic and research libraries with easy-to-use tools and resources to develop effective marketing and outreach strategies to promote their services and impact to students, faculty and administrators. […]

April 15, 2019 - 12:52 pm
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National Diet Library releases Next Digital Library content-based retrieval system prototype

(9 Apr 2019)  On March 29, 2019, the NDL launched its “Next Digital Library” content-based retrieval system prototype that has advanced functions using artificial intelligence (AI). The NDL is developing this system so future digital library services will be more easily usable. To find out more, see the original announcement here.  

April 11, 2019 - 10:57 am
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Wolters Kluwer helps health systems navigate nursing shortages, high turnover, rapid on-boarding and CE with Lippincott Learning

(1 Apr 2019)  Wolters Kluwer, Health announced today the release of Lippincott® Learning, a comprehensive evidence-based solution that provides health systems with direct access to competency validation, continuing education and nursing certification review resources that ensure nursing staff competency. Lippincott Learning equips organizations with tools to attain and maintain appropriate levels of qualified nursing staff amid unprecedented professional […]

April 8, 2019 - 2:49 pm
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Apple launches Apple News+, an immersive magazine and news reading experience

(25 Mar 2019)  Apple today announced Apple News+, a new subscription service that brings together over 300 popular magazines, leading newspapers and digital publishers into a beautiful, convenient and curated experience within the Apple News app. Available in the US and Canada, Apple News+ presents the best and most relevant articles to meet any range of interests […]

March 27, 2019 - 10:30 am
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OCLC partners with Couperin.org to add analytics features to EZproxy authentication software

(13 February 2019)  OCLC is partnering with the Couperin.org Consortium, the French non-profit that developed ezPAARSE software with the CNRS Institute for Scientific Information, to enhance OCLC’s EZproxy authentication software with analytics features and to expand the use of ezPAARSE outside of France. For the full press release, see here.  

February 15, 2019 - 8:54 am
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British start-up Calm becomes the first ‘mindfulness’ company to be worth $1bn

(6 February 2019) A mindfulness app founded by two British entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley has become the first mental health unicorn in the world. Calm, an app that provides a library of bedtime stories for adults, some read by Stephen Fry, calming music, meditation tutorials and video and audio to help reduce anxiety, has raised $88million […]

February 11, 2019 - 1:30 pm
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OpenAthens is pleased to announce it has received a platinum award in LibraryWorks’ fifth annual Modern Library Awards (MLAs)

(11 January 2019)  The MLAs were created to recognize the top products and services in the library industry in a truly unbiased format. Products and services were submitted in the fall using a simple application and then posted on a private site with an enhanced description and attendant materials. These products were batched into small groups […]

January 14, 2019 - 10:24 pm
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The National Diet Library releases a one-click search tool: The Best of National Diet Library’s Digital Library Collections

(26 December 2018) The National Diet Library has released The Best of National Diet Library’s Digital Library Collections (よりすぐり国立国会図書館). This web page provides patrons with a simple way to search through more than a hundred digital images of rare books, old materials, modern Japanese political history materials, and other examples of the best items available […]

December 26, 2018 - 2:16 pm
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New toolkit guides libraries in enhancing their support of entrepreneurs

(19 December 2018, Washington, DC.) Public libraries are uniquely positioned to support individuals in pursuing their entrepreneurial dreams by offering free access to technology, meeting spaces, skills training, information and networking opportunities. However, there is no set model for how libraries can best leverage those assets, and there are opportunities for all libraries to elevate […]

December 20, 2018 - 2:31 pm
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SAGE Publishing invests in Thusly to bring crowd annotation software to social scientists

(5 December 2018)  SAGE Publishing, a leading global academic publisher, today announces that it has made a major seed investment in Thusly Inc. – a technology start-up creating research tools for big data analysis of document archives. The investment is the first for SAGE as part of its SAGE Ocean initiative, and will support the […]

December 8, 2018 - 1:49 pm
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Kudos raises £2.2 million to help optimize research communication and accelerate impact

(5 December 2018)  Kudos, the award-winning service for maximizing the reach and impact of research, will develop and launch a new communications management system for researchers, after securing £2.2m investment in a round led by Mobeus Equity Partners. The global research sector is undergoing significant and accelerating change, with mechanisms for evaluation, publication and reward being […]

December 5, 2018 - 10:51 am
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Chatbots – now is the time

(16 November 2018) With chatbots active in some institutions and minimal investment required to get them up and running, now really is the time to explore this technology. Jisc has the article in full and a link to the report by  Paul Hopkins and Richard Maccabee.

November 21, 2018 - 10:59 am
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Is it a scientific breakthrough?

(19 November 2018) Only a small minority of all scientific publications contain genuine scientific breakthroughs. It takes, in general, a considerable amount of time before a scientific discovery is recognized as a breakthrough. The  authors show that combining decision heuristics with algorithms that analyse the response of the scientific community to a research publication enables […]

November 21, 2018 - 10:52 am
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Database of 18,000 Retracted Scientific Papers Now Online

(13 November 2018) Some people like to characterize science as a religion. In this formulation, scientists are the modern equivalent of medieval theologians. They hand down precepts and dogmas that we take on faith, because there’s no way for laypeople to keep track of all the exciting study results flooding out of laboratories every day. But […]

November 13, 2018 - 1:39 pm
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