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Tuesday, August 10, 2021



We're Back In-Person This October!

We are excited to welcome our community back to beautiful Monterey, California this October for three days of practical advice, inspiring thought leadership, and in-depth training at Internet Librarian 2021. Join your peers to learn, share, and celebrate the disruptive trends shaping the future of libraries and information professionals.
 
NewsBreaks
Big Data Clashes With Patron Privacy: OverDrive's Digipalooza 2021
by Jessica Hilburn
OverDrive held its eighth Digipalooza virtually via the Accelevents platform Aug. 3–5, 2021, and it ended with quite a bang. It was opened by OverDrive founder and CEO Steve Potash, who promised big things to come over the course of the 3-day event. Attendees had opportunities to hear sessions, participate in breakouts, do exercises, network, and visit the virtual exhibition hall. There were raffles, prizes, and trivia galore, with each day culminating in a $1,000 prize for library collection development. The digital venue was easy to navigate, and although online conferences can never really approximate what the real-life thing is like, the setup was pleasant, user-friendly, and one of the best I have experienced during the pandemic.

Weekly News Digests
AP Shares Alarming News About the Worsening Threat of Climate Change
Seth Borenstein writes the following in "'Code Red': UN Scientists Warn of Worsening Global Warming" for the Associated Press (AP): "Earth is getting so hot that temperatures in about a decade will probably blow past a level of warming that world leaders have sought to prevent, according to a report released [Aug. 9, 2021] that the United Nations called a 'code red for humanity.'"
Information Organizations Join Forces to Build Up Vaccine Confidence in Local Communities
A group of stakeholders in the information professional space are teaming up for Communities for Immunity, "an unprecedented partnership to boost COVID-19 vaccine confidence in communities across the United States."
OCLC Will Develop Resources to Help Libraries Facing the Opioid Epidemic
OCLC received National Leadership Grant funding from IMLS to create "a set of free online resources that staff at public libraries can use to determine how their library can address opioid use disorder in their local communities."
EveryLibrary Reports on Libraries Without Borders' Current Effort to Bridge the Digital Divide
EveryLibrary shares the following in "Bridging the Digital Divide One Load of Laundry at a Time" from itsĀ Medium account: "Libraries are coming up with innovative solutions for reaching out to people all over the community. Their new strategies take into consideration the different types of situations people may be facing when it comes to access to things like books, the internet, and other educational resources."
UKRI Implements New OA Policy
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) introduced a new OA policy that "will increase opportunity for the findings of publicly funded research to be accessed, shared and reused."

NewsLink Spotlight
A Day in the Life of Five Librarians, Part 7
by Justin Hoenke
Justin Hoenke, team leader of libraries and community spaces for the Wellington City Libraries in New Zealand, has been talking to all types of library staffers for A Day in the Life, his column inĀ Information Today. Among other things, he asks them about their typical days, moments that made them proud, their current projects, and how they balance their library work with the rest of their lives. Here's a look at his columns from January/February 2021 to June 2021.

 10 Steps to Effective Reference Initiatives video clip; click here

10 Steps to Effective Reference Initiatives (9:54)

Digital strategist Michael Peter Edson offers a sound 10-step plan for reference initiative relevance in this clip from his presentation at Computers in Libraries 2021.

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Editor: Brandi Scardilli
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