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July 25, 2019 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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'Backlash Grows Against Unstaffed Libraries' by Jessica Murray

Jessica Murray writes for The Guardian, “East Finchley is one of about 150 libraries across the [U.K.] now using ‘open library’ technology to introduce unstaffed hours. This means you can access buildings, even if there are no library staff present, with your library card and a pin number and use self-service scanners to return and check out books.”

Essex County is also considering using this “technology after residents, backed by authors including David Baddiel and Jacqueline Wilsonsuccessfully campaigned against library closures earlier this month. Worcestershire county council announced last week it is also looking at self-service, unstaffed hours.” The practice does have “benefits, but some argue that a library without a librarian isn’t a library at all.”

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