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Netherland Fourth VSNU eZine on open access: The importance of ‘international alignment’ - 05 Mar 2019

The goal of achieving 100% open access for scientific publications by 2020 is coming into view. This means many efforts are underway to achieve this aim. International alignment is the common thread for the future: it is becoming increasingly clear that there is a need for international cooperation in terms of negotiating strategies and the conditions imposed by funders on publications. Scientific research is international and knows no boundaries.

The eZine 'Open access - International Alignment' contains a detailed explanation of the developments within the five pillars for open access. In the context of negotiations, for instance, attention is paid to the conditions that apply when entering into contracts with publishers. Under monitoring, the main differences in publication cultures within various scientific fields are also identified. Developments for the future are discussed as part of a number of key trends that help to illustrate scenarios for the years ahead. Finally, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation shares its funder's perspective on the developments in open access.

In addition to international alignment, alignment is also required in the playing field of open access and open science. As of March 1, 2019, Darco Jansen will be the new programme manager for open access and open science at the VSNU.

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US PLA and NNLM expand partnership to support NIH’s All of Us Research Program - 05 Mar 2019

The Public Library Association (PLA) has expanded its partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), a program of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). In 2017, the two organisations launched Promoting Healthy Communities, a nine-month project to assess health information needs among public librarians and share free health literacy resources. The goal of Promoting Healthy Communities is to increase public library workers' knowledge and skills related to consumer health services.

Starting this month, PLA and NNLM will team up to raise awareness of the NIH's All of Us Research Program, a historic effort to gather data from one million or more people living in the US, to accelerate research and improve health. By taking into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology, researchers will uncover paths toward delivering precision medicine. This new effort will be a cornerstone of the All of Us and NLM partnership.

At the heart of All of Us is a drive to address inequity in the health care system, which compelled the PLA Board of Directors to approve a formal partnership in late 2018. This work aligns with the recent addition of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice as a goal in PLA's 2018-2022 Strategic Plan. Public libraries can help improve health outcomes for all populations within their community, particularly those who have been historically underrepresented in biomedical research and medical advancements, through health outreach, programming, and partnership.

Over the next 15 months, PLA and NNLM will work together to support public libraries to increase health literacy, address health research inequities, and strengthen community partnerships with health advocates and providers. The partnership will support community engagement around All of Us by elevating the role of public libraries in locating reliable health information and creating connections through library spaces and technology.

Through the partnership with PLA, NNLM will be able to advance its goal of supporting public libraries in meeting the health information needs of their communities by providing: health information training for public library staff; funding and other resources to support health programming and activities, including digital literacy training; and connections to medical libraries and other NNLM network members in their area.

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US O’Reilly updates platform to measure impact of learning across organisations - 05 Mar 2019

O'Reilly, the premier source for insight-driven learning in technology and business, has announced a new way to measure the impact of learning across organisations. The O’Reilly learning platform now enables leaders to go beyond completion metrics and access deeper-level insights into specific learning behaviours. Through its new data science-driven modules, enterprises can pinpoint important trends in learning and align learning initiatives with corporate strategy.

As part of the Insights Dashboard on the O’Reilly learning platform, these three new learning behaviour modules—Linear and Nonlinear Learning Patterns, Deepening Topic Engagement and Broadening Topic Engagement—provide a single-pane-of-glass view into the learning behaviours of users, generating actionable data for business leaders. This data allows leaders to understand not just what content is being consumed but how their employees are consuming it, providing insight into areas of problem solving, deep focus and emerging interest inside their workforce.

The learning behaviour modules are currently available to all enterprise account holders on the O’Reilly learning platform. Interested parties may download O'Reilly's latest report, "Deciphering Learning Behavior Patterns" to learn more about how to leverage learning metrics for more informed decision making.

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US University of Kentucky Libraries joins HathiTrust - 05 Mar 2019

University of Kentucky (UK) Libraries has joined HathiTrust, a growing, global partnership with more than 145 major research institutions and libraries. The new partnership will bolster the accessibility of resources currently available to UK faculty, staff and students. UK is the first institution in Kentucky to join HathiTrust.

Since launching in 2008, HathiTrust partner institutions and libraries have contributed more than 16.8 million volumes to the digital library. Working collaboratively through member institutions, the organisation aims to transform research libraries to serve the wider scholarly enterprise, address large scale challenges, and manage programs that preserve and expand access to the scholarly and cultural record.

HathiTrust contributes to research, scholarship and the common good by collaboratively collecting, organising, preserving, communicating and sharing the record of human knowledge. HathiTrust is funded by member libraries and governed by members of the libraries through its board of governors.

UK Libraries consists of nine major facilities on UK's campus. As the premier research library in the Commonwealth, UK Libraries provides ever-expanding access to quality information resources, teaching and learning programs and services, and excellent learning spaces.

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US McGraw-Hill launches new micro-credentialing program for Microsoft Office applications - 05 Mar 2019

McGraw-Hill has announced the launch of a new micro-credentialing program for Microsoft® Office applications, to keep college students engaged in their courses and help them garner the skills they need to successfully enter the workforce.

McGraw-Hill is working with Accredible, a company that produces digital certificates and badges for leading higher education institutions, to enable no-cost credentialing through the McGraw-Hill SIMnet® platform. SIMnet is the premier solution for online Microsoft Office training and assessment within higher education.

Aligned with industry standards, McGraw-Hill colour-coded belts are awarded to students for mastery of Microsoft Office skills, which are top computer and information skills needed in the present workforce. Students can then post these digital certificates of achievement through social media and add them to their resumes to showcase their accomplishments and reach the employers who have available positions.

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UK Cochrane launches new centre - Cochrane Colombia - 05 Mar 2019

Cochrane, an independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers and people interested in health, has announced its newest centre, Cochrane Colombia.

Cochrane Colombia will promote evidence-based decision making in healthcare in Colombia by supporting and training authors of Cochrane Reviews, as well as working with clinicians, professional associations, policy-makers, patients, and the media to encourage the dissemination and use of Cochrane evidence.

Cochrane works with collaborators from more than 130 countries to produce credible, accessible health information that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest. Cochrane’s work is recognised as representing an international gold standard for high quality, trusted information. Institutions from Colombia have been involved in the Cochrane Iberoamerica Network for many years. Establishing Cochrane Colombia as a full Centre is a next step in its development. The Centre brings together three institutions - the Pontifical Xavierian University, through the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics; the National University of Colombia through the Institute of Clinical Research; and, the University of Antioquia thorough the Faculty of Medicine - that will jointly manage the activities of Cochrane Colombia. In addition, five institutions will join as Cochrane Affiliates.

Cochrane Colombia will remain closely connected to the Cochrane Iberoamerican Network, through which methodological support, mentoring, and supervision will be provided.

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