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NewsBreaks
How Libraries Are Responding to a Global Pandemic
by Jessica Hilburn
How do we serve our patrons now? How can we do better? I don't have answers to those questions because we are still in the midst of a crisis of undetermined length. However, I do have some ideas about how we, as information professionals, can help our fellow humans in our collective time of need.
Coronavirus Reshapes Law While Reshaping Society
by George H. Pike
The virus' impact on law and legal systems is only just beginning to be felt. Among the differences between law and business is that legal structures are slower to change and slower to react to external events. While various economic stimulus packages were issued as new laws, they are mainly additions and/or a restructuring of new financial resources on existing platforms. Long-term legal changes may come over time and after more thorough legal and political deliberation.

Weekly News Digests
COVID-19 NEWS: 'Your Facebook Page Is Your New Public Library Branch'
Justin Hoenke writes the following on his blog, Justin the Librarian: "[J]ust because we're not able to physically be in our public library spaces interacting with our community members doesn't mean that we can't continue to do amazing things."
COVID-19 NEWS: 'Now Is the Time for Open Access Policies—Here's Why'
Victoria Heath and Brigitte Vézina write the following in a blog post for Creative Commons: "One of the most important components of maintaining global health, specifically in the face of urgent threats, is the creation and dissemination of reliable, up-to-date scientific information to the public, government officials, humanitarian and health workers, as well as scientists."
COVID-19 NEWS: 'FCC: Closed Schools, Libraries Can Still Get E-Rate Funding'
John Eggerton writes the following for Multichannel News: "The FCC has confirmed that schools and libraries can open up their WiFi networks to the public during the coronavirus pandemic without losing e-rate funding."
COVID-19 NEWS: 'Smartphone Data Reveal Which Americans Are Social Distancing (and Not)'
Geoffrey A. Fowler writes the following for The Washington Post: "If you have a smartphone, you're probably contributing to a massive coronavirus surveillance system."
COVID-19 NEWS: 'Coronavirus Will End Tech Conferences and Events as We Know Them'
Bill Detwiler writes the following for ZDNet: "[S]ince I published my [original] list of tech conferences postponed or cancelled because of the novel coronavirus pandemic … nearly every event scheduled to happen before June has been pushed back or called off all together."
Exact Editions Rolls Out the Complete Archive of BBC World Histories Magazine
Exact Editions is now offering the complete archive of BBC World Histories, a magazine that "gives a fresh perspective on how the past has influenced today's events, exploring the context that [has] forged today's global, political and economic landscape."
ACM Launches Digital Threats OA Journal
ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) introduced a new peer-reviewed, OA journal, Digital Threats: Research and Practice (DTRAP), which "targets the prevention, identification, mitigation and elimination of digital threats."

NewsLink Spotlight
Pew Research Center Enters a New Decade
by Brandi Scardilli
NewsBreaks often covers the latest surveys and reports from Pew Research Center, "a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world."

What AI Is, What It Isn't, and How to Talk About It video clip

What AI Is, What It Isn't, and How to Talk About It (4:05)

NYU associate professor Meredith Broussard discusses useful ways for librarians to understand and approach AI in this clip from her keynote at Computers in Libraries & Internet Librarian Connect 2020.

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