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WINNING IS SO SWEET

LinkedIn has temporarily delayed planned changes to Lynda.com after libraries around the country raised privacy concerns after LinkedIn announced that it would require users of Lynda.com to create a LinkedIn account to get to the video collection (linkedin.com).

OPEN ACCESS BOOKS

The Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and Association of University Presses (AUPresses) launched OpenMonographs.org in an effort to change the landscape of scholarly book publishing in the humanities and social sciences. Originally established in 2017 as a pilot project, TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem) addresses funding issues for monograph publishing in the humanities and humanistic social sciences through institutionally funded faculty book subsidies (openmonographs.org).

De Gruyter and a consortium led by the Gottingen State and University Library launched a project to transform humanities titles into open access books by providing consortial financing for selected De Gruyter frontlist titles (degruyter.com).

RESEARCH DATA MANAGEMENT

Elsevier launched the Research Data Management Librarian Academy (RDMLA), an online program consisting of eight units created by a team of expert librarians in the northeastern United States. Intended primarily for librarians, RDMLA is also applicable for researchers. Separately, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and supplemental draft guidance for public comment (elsevier.com, nih.gov).

ACQUISITIONS AND DEALS

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, acquired Innovative Interfaces Inc., further consolidating the library automation market.

London Stock Exchange shareholders overwhelmingly backed the exchange's $27 billion takeover of data and analytics company Refinitiv from a consortium led by U.S. asset manager Blackstone.

Clarivate Analytics plc acquired Darts-ip and will offer the law data and supporting analytics solutions alongside Clarivate's patent, trademark, and domain data and solutions. Clarivate also announced the sale of MarkMonitor to OpSec Security but will retain the MarkMonitor Domain Management business.

S&P Global acquired 451 Research, LLC, a privately held research and advisory firm that provides intelligence, expertise, and data covering high-growth emerging technology segments. 451 Research will be operated within S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Euromoney agreed to buy specialist news and data firm Wealth-X for $20.4 million in cash to expand its portfolio of business-to-business information providers.

OpenText acquired Carbonite, Inc. for $23.00 per Carbonite share in cash.

Better World Books is now owned by Better World Libraries, a mission-aligned, not-for-profit organization affiliated with longtime partner, the Internet Archive. This new relationship will allow Better World Books to provide a steady stream of books to be digitized by the Internet Archive.

OpenAthens and Yewno announced a strategic partnership that will allow universities and other institutions using Open-Athens' single sign-on solutions to offer Yewno Discover online without the need for separate login credentials.

Thomson Reuters acquired Acritas, a market analysis, research, and advisory services business serving the global legal market.

DocketBird, a lightweight, mobile-friendly, and cost-effective alternative to PACER, announced a partnership with Casetext that will let its clients receive automated binders of legal authority and analyses relevant to their litigation filings.

OCLC is partnering with Taylor & Francis to automate subscription management workflows, eliminating the need for manual intervention by library staff. Taylor & Francis will provide updates weekly to OCLC with library-specific holdings data (including new and deleted titles) so that OCLC can automatically register the titles in the WorldCat knowledgebase, keep WorldCat holdings up-to-date, provide full-text links, and deliver customizable MARC records with ongoing updates.

HighWire has partnered with Semantic Scholar to enhance article discovery via Semantic Scholar's semantic tools and AI models.

SERIALS SET

The Law Library of Congress, in collaboration with the U.S. Government Publishing Office, has started a large, multi-year effort to digitize and make accessible volumes of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set dating back to the first volume, which was published in 1817 (loc.gov/law).

ONE LITERATURE

ProQuest introduced ProQuest One Literature, a single destination for literary research, developed in collaboration with faculty and librarians from universities with renowned literature departments. It has a unique focus on diversity, with a large collection of works by authors who have been marginalized, and includes 3 million literary criticism citations, 14,000 dissertations, 20,000 ebooks, 1,300 videos, 500,00 primary texts, and 1,200 full-text journals (proquest.com).

A SPORTING CHANCE

Business and Legal Aspects of Sports and Entertainment (BLASE) was added to Hein Online. BLASE includes highly editorialized articles and cases covering more than 55 sports and entertainment topics selected by two experts, Ed Edmonds and Frank Houdek. The backbone of this database is the topical arrangement created by the editors after analyzing more than 8,000 scholarly articles (heinonline.org).

LINGUISTIC TRANSPARENCY

Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing, published by DOAJ, is now available in 18 languages (doaj.org).

SPEAK TO ME

Academic publisher Taylor & Francis Online introduced a text-to-audio option for all journal content, enriching the content and making it more accessible to a wider range of readers. ReadSpeaker allows logged-in users on Taylor & Francis Online to select the journal article they are looking for and listen to it via audio (tandfonline.com).

SOCIAL ANALYSIS

Northern Light announced Northern Light Social Analytics, an enterprise class, AI-enabled tool that can automatically identify thousands of closely correlated Twitter keywords, hashtags, and authors to guide social media marketing and inform a company's competitive intelligence (CI) and market research efforts (northernlight.com).

PEOPLEWARE

Kevin Sayer, previously with ProQuest, replaced Olivia Humphrey, who is relocating to Australia, but will remain executive chairman of the board.

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Hugh Nathanial Halpern as the Government Publishing Office (GPO) Director. Halpern will serve as the CEO and lead more than 1,700 employees at GPO.

Katherine Maher, executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, and independent consultant Laura DeBonis joined the Digital Public Library of America's board of directors.

Nicholas (Nik) Reed, co-founder of Ravel and VP, product strategy, at LexisNexis after it acquired Ravel, joined Knowable, an Axiom spinoff, as SVP, product and research and development.

Videsha Proothveerajh has been appointed as managing director of LexisNexis South Africa.

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) appointed Alice Meadows as director of community engagement.

HighWire appointed Tim Bacci as president and CEO.

Sudip Parikh joined the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as CEO and executive publisher of the Science family of journals.

Stephen Pincock was named the new VP, magazines and editorial, at Springer Nature.

NEGOTIATION FRAMEWORK

The MIT Libraries, together with the MIT Committee on the Library System and the Ad Hoc Task Force on Open Access to MIT's Research, has developed a principle-based framework to guide negotiations with scholarly publishers (libraries. mit.edu/scholarly/publishing/framework).

PSYCHED UP

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) introduced Psyc-THERAPY, a streaming video database of therapy demonstrations to support clinical and counseling psychology education. Produced by the American Psychological Association (APA), the PsycTHERAPY library offers more than 500 therapy demonstrations using the latest psychotherapy techniques (ebsco.com).

THAT TODDLIN' TOWN

The Chicago Tribune, the largest newspaper in the Midwest, is now available from ProQuest Historical Newspapers with extended coverage years from 1997 to 2010 (proquest.com).

DIGITAL PRESERVATION

The Global List of Digitally Endangered Species--The BitList was released in a new edition as part of the Digital Preservation Coalition's international campaign to raise awareness of the need to preserve digital materials. Coordinated and published by the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), the BitList identifies a range of digital materials, software, and storage types that, if appropriate action is not taken, could become practically extinct (dpconline.org).

WATCHING FINANCIAL NEWS

Dow Jones' Barron's Group is combining two of its brands--Barron's and MarketWatch--to launch MarketBrief, a new live, weekly, 10-minute digital show covering all the financial news that investors need to know to get their week started. It's aimed at audiences who might watch Squawk Box on broadcast or Yahoo Finance on digital. MarketBrief will air every Monday in full on four primary channels: Barrons.com, Marketwatch.com, YouTube, and Nasdaq.com (barrons.com).

SEAMLESS SPRINGER NATURE

Springer Nature is working in collaboration with Seamless Access.org to enable users to log in once per browser, eliminating frustration arising from IP authentication. Users of nature. com will be the first to benefit from this enhanced user experience, which will be rolled out across Springer Nature's other content platforms, including SpringerLink (spring ernature.com).

BLOCKCHAIN FOR ORCID

ARTiFACTS announced the successful integration of its blockchain system with ORCID records. ORCID users can register their research works on ARTiFACTS, thereby securing the provenance of their research via their ORCID credentials. Works registered on ARTiFACTS will also become immediately citable. ARTiFACTS leverages blockchain technology to establish the proof-of-existence and citation actions of scientists to provide a permanent, valid, and immutable chain of record in real time (artifacts. ai, orcid.org).

BE BRAVE

Brave Software, makers of the Brave browser, which combines privacy with a blockchain-based digital advertising platform, announced the official launch of Brave 1.0. The Brave open source browser fundamentally shifts how users, publishers, and advertisers interact online by giving users a private, safer, and three to six times faster browsing experience while funding the web through a new, attention-based platform of privacy-preserving advertisements and rewards (brave.com).

MAISTRO GOES TO THE CLOUD

Access Innovations, Inc., provider of Data Harmony software solutions, announced that Hindawi has officially licensed a cloud version of MAIstro, Access Innovations' advanced text analysis tool. Access Innovations placed MAIstro in the cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS). This is the first production-level AWS instance of MAIstro, continuing the emerging trend of cloud computing, especially for large datasets (accessinn.com).

YOU DON'T NEED A WEATHERMAN TO KNOW WHICH WAY THE WIND BLOWS

IBM and The Weather Company are launching an advanced weather-forecasting system globally. IBM GRAF, or Global High-Resolution Atmospheric Forecasting System, runs on a supercomputer powered by IBM Power System and can provide detailed forecasts globally. GRAF can predict conditions up to 12 hours in advance with detail and update forecasts six to 12 times more frequently than current modeling (ibm.com).

ART NEWS

Penske Media Corp. (PMC) relaunched its ARTnews.com and Art in America website. The new site integrates ARTnews, Art in America, Art Market Monitor, and the Art Guide into one destination for the global art audience. The November launch marked the 1-year anniversary of Penske Media's acquisition of ARTnews and Art in America, two magazines that having been covering art for more than a century each (pmc.com).

CHEETAH LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW

New enhancements for Wolters Kluwers' Cheetah Labor & Employment Law include four new SmartTasks and two new SmartCharts, providing practice-ready tools geared toward specific topics, including handling sexual harassment complaints, visa requirements and employment verification, and covenants not to compete (lrus.wolterskluwer.com/store/cheetah/labor-and-employment-law).
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