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Tuesday, May 05, 2020

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NewsBreaks
Going Virtual: Libraries See Challenges and Opportunities in the Pandemic
by Terry Ballard
In the middle of March 2020, librarians for the first time in history found themselves without their most basic tool: a physical space to share the treasures of their culture. All academic libraries and most public libraries had already given their patrons some kind of access to online journals, ebooks, and audiobooks, as well as streaming access to audiovisual products. Many librarians are at home and still earning a paycheck. There is a lot of motivation to take their libraries' mission further into cyberspace. The ones who succeed at this effort will return to libraries that are stronger than ever.

Weekly News Digests
Cengage and McGraw-Hill Will Not Complete Merger
Cengage and McGraw-Hill have mutually agreed to terminate their merger agreement "due to a prolonged regulatory review process and the inability to agree to a divestitures package with the U.S. Department of Justice."
COVID-19 NEWS: Megaputer Launches Geo-Map for Tracking Cases
Megaputer released a publicly available, interactive geo-map that forecasts peak dates for COVID-19 in the U.S. Users can look up individual counties and see the number of active cases and cumulative deaths at the peak, as well as those numbers, plus recoveries, predicted daily.
Academic Video Online Adds Hundreds of Documentaries
ProQuest's Academic Video Online, in partnership with FILM PLATFORM, added 500-plus documentaries that cover issues related to bioethics, health policy, politics, history, and more.
COVID-19 NEWS: Kudos Pro Offers Complimentary Access for 60 Days
Kudos is making its research communications platform, Kudos Pro, free to the global academic community for 60 days. Anyone wishing to gain access should sign up for Kudos Pro during the month of May.
New OA Journal Options From OUP and Frontiers
Oxford University Press (OUP) rolled out the first two titles in its new flagship OA journal series, Oxford Open. And the International Journal of Public Health will transition to gold OA in January 2021.

NewsLink Spotlight
Combating Misformation and Disinformation on the Web: A Roundup
by Brandi Scardilli
The act of spreading misinformation and/or disinformation on the internet has been around since before the 2016 presidential election, but it was the campaign and its aftermath that ramped up public knowledge of so-called fake news. Here's a sampling of NewsBreaks' and Information Today's coverage of this ongoing issue over the past several years.

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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Editor: Brandi Scardilli
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