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Working to Complete the Unfinished Business of a Fair and Balanced Internet
by Nancy K. Herther
In June 2021, [Frank H.] McCourt [Jr.] took his challenge to the status quo to a new level with the introduction of Project Liberty, an initiative whose tagline is, "Are you ready to create a web that works better for all?" Its overall goals are very ambitious: "By reclaiming our social networks from corporate control, we can use their immense power to establish and populate the web we need and deserve: a web that is open, equitable, and centered on people. Let's take back control of our relationships and our data, and direct our collective power to fuel higher and healthier standards."

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'Hard-Won Victories and Lessons Learned During the Pandemic' by Dana Mannino
Dana Mannino writes the following for the Spokane County Library District (SCLD) in Washington: "Without minimizing the negative impact that the pandemic has had on our lives, I'd like to take a moment to share some of the ways that I think the pandemic has changed my librarianship for the better."
'Libraries Can Help in Times of Stress, Uncertainty, and Burnout' by EveryLibrary
EveryLibrary's Take Action for Libraries platform published an article about libraries' role in facilitating self-care and strong mental health. It states the following: "Americans [who] are struggling with excessive stress, anxiety, or burnouts find that it affects all aspects of their lives—from work to social circles and family. This is why many libraries have created initiatives to not only bring awareness to mental health but also ways to maintain good mental health and work through trying times."
Ex Libris Integrates Controlled Digital Lending Into Its Library Software Solutions
Ex Libris developed "new functions that will increase the compatibility of the company's library software solutions with controlled digital lending," aka CDL. This means that libraries can "lend a digital copy of a physical resource in a 'lend like print' manner—that is, in the same way in which they lend the physical resource itself. … CDL enables libraries to cater to patrons with differing needs, such as a print disability or difficulty in accessing a library building."
Digital Science Rolls Out New Dimensions Database for Life Sciences and Chemistry
Digital Science introduced Dimensions Life Sciences & Chemistry (L&C), a new version of its Dimensions platform. The press release shares the following: "Dimensions L&C analyzes more than 120 million scientific publications, millions of patents, grants and clinical trial documents. It is both larger than other databases, and unlike traditional manually curated tools, applies up-to-the-minute semantic text analysis tools and ontologies, providing powerful up-to-date discovery functionality previously unavailable at such scale."
The Library Corp. Announces Updates to Its CARL ILS
The Library Corp. (TLC) unveiled the newest release of its CARL suite of ILS products, "including features targeted at providing inclusive library [services] and pleasant patron experiences, in addition to enhancing library staff workflows and providing additional customization options to meet their libraries' community needs."

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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 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 January/February 2021 to June 2021.

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