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Weekly News Digest

April 24, 2018 — 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 ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Innovative Celebrates Library Heroes

Innovative created a Library Heroes Series as part of its blog that highlights library staffers “who are going above and beyond to serve their communities and extend the role of the library to meet the needs of a changing culture.” The entries celebrate Alachua County Library in Florida, Cincinnati Library in Ohio, and Napa County Library in California.

Alachua County Library has Makerspaces in a Box, 22 boxes full of hands-on activities that circulate among the library’s 12 branches. These traveling makerspace kits are designed to serve its spread-out constituency. Library staffers take them to schools, apartment complexes, rural communities, and other places for the residents to use.

Emilio Estevez’s new movie about how libraries serve homeless people, The Public, was filmed at the central branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (PLCHC). Kim Fender, the library’s executive director, says, “We decided to open PLCHC to Emilio and his film crew because it was a valuable opportunity to contribute to the public conversation about the role and mission of libraries as it pertains to serving all populations, including those who find themselves temporarily or chronically without shelter.” The library remained open during the day, and the movie was filmed mostly at night.

Napa County Library served as the primary public communications hub for those who were displaced due to the Northern California wildfires of October 2017. People were able to use its computers to contact loved ones and get access to weather alerts and insurance information, among other resources. Also, the library’s air filtration system allowed visitors to seek refuge from the contaminated air outside.

For more information, read the Alachua blog post, Cincinnati blog post, and Napa blog post.

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