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AI literacy course, new tools for research reliability, and the 2024 AUPresses Book, Jacket, and Journal Show

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AI in Education, a Look at the Web of Science Research Assistant, and a Course on AI Literacy

The World Economic Forum has released a new report, “Shaping the Future of Learning: The Role of AI in Education 4.0.” The report investigates the ways artificial intelligence can aid teaching and learning, along with the difficulties of ensuring data privacy and accessibility. Daniel Pfeiffer, editor of Choice’s content vertical LibTech Insights, put together a helpful overview, digging into the report’s take on how AI will impact teachers’ roles, standardized testing, and digital literacy. Next, Sage announced a course on AI literacy and prompt engineering taught by Dr. Leo S. Lo, Dean and Professor of the College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences at the University of New Mexico. “The Art of ChatGPT Interactions,” available through Sage Campus, will help learners use Dr. Lo’s CLEAR framework (concise, logical, explicit, adaptive, and reflective) to develop effective prompts for ChatGPT and provide tips on ethical AI. Last, Clarivate provided a look at its AI-powered Web of Science Research Assistant set for release this September, highlighting its advanced search functionality and ability to “help researchers tackle complex and involved tasks, such as understanding a topic, finding a journal for a manuscript and completing a literature review.”

2023 Workplace Equity Survey and Improving Accessibility in Publishing

The Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications (C4DISC) published an executive summary of its 2023 Workplace Equity in Scholarly Communications Survey. C4DISC surveyed members of the scholarly communications workforce from May through July last year, gathering over 1,700 responses. AUPresses, a founding member of C4DISC, highlighted the survey, noting participation from university press workers that “helped increase the response pool by 48% over the original 2018 WE survey.” C4DISC found that employers have enhanced communication about their commitments to diversity, but “Not everyone experiences tangible improvements in workplace culture and workplace equity efforts.” Next, Nicola Poser, Director of Marketing and Sales at the American Mathematical Society and coordinator of the Accessibility Working Group, interviewed several university disability services leaders on accessibility in publishing. The interviewees highlighted issues with AI chatbots and auto-tagging, stressing the need to include the perspectives of disabled users during the entire publication process. As Kaela Parks, Director of Accessible Ed and Disability Resources at Portland Community College, emphasized, “Publishers and institutions can take a more collaborative approach, recognizing that access is a civil right and barrier removal is a shared responsibility.”

New Tools Determine Research Reliability

AI startup Cleanlab has developed a tool to assess outputs from large language models (LLM). MIT Technology Review had coverage, explaining that the “Trustworthy Language Model” provides responses from LLMs with a reliability score, and higher scores can result from multiple AI models formulating similar responses. MIT Technology Review further detailed how Cleanlab determines each score and the company’s plans to further develop the model. Next, a new tool from RedacTek helps measure research reliability by flagging when a paper is mentioned on PubPeer, “a forum scientists often use to raise integrity concerns surrounding published papers.” Nature’s Dalmeet Singh Chawla stated that the plug-in can provide notifications that include “not only the study that they are reading, but also the papers it cites, articles cited by those references and even papers cited by the secondary references.” RedacTek’s tool aims to “reduce the circulation of poor-quality science,” and future plans may include collaboration with scholarly analytics company Cabells to draw on its list of possible predatory journals.

Taylor & Francis Sign First TA in the UAE and De Gruyter Partners with ASERL

Taylor & Francis entered its first transformative agreement (TA) in the United Arab Emirates with United Arab Emirates University (UAEU). The three-year partnership will enable UAEU researchers to publish open access (OA) in Taylor & Francis and Routledge’s entire hybrid and fully OA journal portfolio. Dr. Naeema Alhosani, Acting Library Director at UAEU, shared that, “This partnership not only aligns with our mission to foster research excellence but also substantially enhances the accessibility of our research outputs worldwide.” In other agreement news, De Gruyter’s University Press Library (UPL) entered a partnership with the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL). Under the agreement, ASERL member libraries will receive discounted pricing, and those that buy “content from the University Press Library collection by June 30, 2024, will receive additional discounting for 2023 and prior-year collections, with additional benefits for multi-year purchases.”

Midwest Book Awards Finalists and the AUPresses Book, Jacket, and Journal Show

The Midwest Independent Publishers Association announced the finalists for the 2024 Midwest Book Awards. The awards include nonfiction and fiction categories, with nonfiction considerations spanning Business, Education/Learning, History, and Social Science/Political Science/Culture. University presses dot multiple categories. Next up, AUPresses revealed the selections for its 2024 Book, Jacket, and Journal Show, which celebrates university press design and production. The 81 works, narrowed down from an initial 507, are currently on virtual display and will be available for viewing at the AUPresses Annual Meeting this June. The selections will then be part of a traveling exhibition to member presses beginning in September 2024.