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The Fiesole Retreats are not to be missed! Cape Town 7-8 May 2024 is coming up!

The Fiesole Retreat is pleased to announce that, thanks to a generous travel grant from the Elsevier Foundation, in coordination with ITOCA (Information Training & Outreach Centre for Africa), twelve (12) early career research librarians from 7 countries (Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe) will be able to participate in the 2024 retreat. Applications were opened late in 2023, and the finalists were selected by a panel review in March. “The response was overwhelming and it wasn’t easy to select the best applications from the total of 286 applications received. I feel we have an incredible cohort of young and competent librarians selected that will greatly benefit from the experience of participating at the conference (for the first time for most if not all of them),” said Dr. Gracian Chimwaza, Executive Director of ITOCA. A collaboration between ITOCA, CLIR, Casalini Libri and Charleston Hub, the 24th edition of the Fiesole Collection Development Retreat Series will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, from May 7-8, 2024. The theme is “Connecting Global North and Global South: African Perspectives in Scholarly Communications.” This year’s retreat is a rare and valuable opportunity for cultivating collaboration – and forging relationships – across continents. Registration details and the full program can be found at https://www.fiesoleretreat.org/capetown_2024. The retreat will be held at the beautiful Vineyard Hotel. In addition to the excellent program topics and speakers, there is also a rich social program including a Gala Dinner generously sponsored by EBSCO, long-time Fiesole Retreat supporters. The retreat is thankful for additional sponsorship support from Erasmus, Sabinet, MDPI, OCLC, Cambridge University Press, and De Gruyter. About the Fiesole Retreat: The brainchild of Mario Casalini, Rebecca Lenzini and Katina Strauch, the Fiesole Collection Development Retreat Series was established on the basis of a shared idea and desire to foster and stimulate dialogue and collaboration within the scholarly communication sector. The Fiesole Retreat is an informal meeting of leading library and information industry participants devoted to thinking through and debating the new world order in collection development. The Fiesole Retreat offers a unique opportunity to interact with a select group of your colleagues in a relaxed and thoughtful setting. https://www.fiesoleretreat.org/

The Gulf Stream Was First Charted by Benjamin Franklin 

For those of us watching hurricanes, this tidbit caught my eye! The Gulf Stream is a major ocean current that brings warm water from the Gulf of Mexico into the Atlantic Ocean, significantly influencing weather patterns. Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León first observed the current in 1513, but it wasn’t until the late 18th century that Benjamin Franklin became the first to chart out the path of the Gulf Stream on a map. While serving in London as deputy postmaster general for the American colonies, Franklin noticed a difference in sailing times between westbound and eastbound ships. He consulted his cousin Timothy Folger, a Nantucket whaler with deep knowledge of the area, who provided his insights into the powerful current. Together, Franklin and Folger charted the waters, and published their findings on a map in 1768, the first known physical depiction of what they termed the “Gulph Stream.” The map was distributed to Franklin’s mail ships, and the knowledge served as the basis of future Gulf study by the United States Coast Survey.https://historyfacts.com/famous-figures/article/benjami

Peer review needs more structure

Reviewers should be guided by a transparent set of questions to help make peer-review as trustworthy and robust as possible, suggests Mario Malički, the co-editor-in-chief of the journal Research Integrity and Peer Review. “For example, editors might ask peer reviewers to consider whether the methods are described in sufficient detail to allow another researcher to reproduce the work,” says Malički. “Other aspects of a study, such as novelty, potential impact, language and formatting, should be handled by editors, journal staff or even machines, reducing the workload for reviewers.”

Nature | 5 min read

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