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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Information Today April issue cover; click hereWe are pleased to share the FREE digital April 2020 edition of Information Today magazine. In this issue (registration required), you’ll find Jessica Hilburn’s primer on how to create a successful social media strategy for your library (page 12), Dave Shumaker’s interview with SAGE executives (page 15), and Anthony Aycock’s feature on what it’s like to be a state legislative librarian (page 19).

Additionally: 

  • For A Day in the Life, Justin Hoenke interviews Tjinder Singh from the band Cornershop about the creative process (page 4). 
  • In We the People, Terry Ballard details how a Nebraska makerspace is helping to bridge the digital divide (page 6).
  • George Pike’s Legal Issues column (page 26) asks, “Disney’s Baby Yoda Takedown: Brand Protection or Just Bullying?” 
  • In the EContent section, Kashyap Kompella shares how leveraging AI skills can bring career success (page 33), and Linda Pophal talks to companies about how social media is affecting their content strategy (page 35).
  • And more …

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NewsBreaks
The Notion App Is a Blank Slate for Any Project
by Justin Hoenke
One would think that having access to everything at once via our smartphones is one of the greatest achievements ever, but in reality, we're finding out there's almost too much information out there (and that it's hard to get things organized the way we'd like). How do we bring the disparate data of our lives together? Enter Notion, the "[a]ll-in-one workspace" in which you can "[w]rite, plan, collaborate, and get organized."

Weekly News Digests
COVID-19 NEWS: IGI Global's 'What Is the Role of Libraries During the COVID-19 Pandemic?'
IGI Global posted an article that shares some of its resources on disaster management. It is providing complimentary access to a selection of them, including the following. ...
COVID-19 NEWS: 'Q&A: What Do People Ask a Librarian in a Pandemic? L.A. Library's InfoNow Has the Answer'
Chris Barton writes the following for the Los Angeles Times: "For seven years librarian Tina Princenthal has fielded all manner of questions at the Los Angeles Public Library's InfoNow desk. While the coronavirus pandemic has closed the landmark Central Library and all 72 branches for the foreseeable future, InfoNow remains open and fully staffed--albeit with a shift in approach."
COVID-19 NEWS: 'Public Libraries Launch, Expand Services During COVID-19 Pandemic'
The Public Library Association (PLA) shared the results of its survey of U.S. public libraries' approach to the COVID-19 pandemic--2,545 libraries responded.
COVID-19 NEWS: 'How Effective Is Quarantine Alone or in Combination With Other Public Health Measures ... ?'
Cochrane released a Rapid Review "assessing the effectiveness of quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic." It "summarizes evidence available from modelling studies that show how quarantining affects the spread of COVID-19."
COVID-19 NEWS: CRP's 'The Psychological Fight of Our Lives'
Central Recovery Press (CRP) published an article by Jennifer Kunst with tips for staying "sane and grounded," including the following. ...

NewsLink Spotlight
A Day in the Life of Five Librarians, Part 5
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 in 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 October 2019 to April 2020.

How Knowledge Graphs Automate Data Preparation video clip

How Knowledge Graphs Automate Data Preparation (3:24)

Cambridge Semantics’ Thomas Cook explains the basics of knowledge graphs and how they leverage natural-language processing to automate the often-cumbersome process of data preparation in this clip from Data Summit Connect 2020.

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Editor: Brandi Scardilli
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Email: bscardilli@infotoday.com