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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

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An Info Pro's Guide to Supply Chain Disruption
by Amy Affelt
Most of us are familiar with the term "hot commodities," but who would have guessed exactly how hot they would become? COVID-19 has taken commodity prices and availability on a roller coaster ride that is only in the nascent stages of its journey. At the beginning of the pandemic in early spring 2020, a run on toilet paper and flour left Americans reeling. As the crisis unfolded, so did a daily drama involving shortages of backyard trampolines, fire pits, swimming pools, bicycles, and more.

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ALA's LibLearnX Conference Goes Virtual
ALA's executive board announced that its first reimagined midwinter conference, LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience, to be held Jan. 21–24, 2022, will move from in-person to virtual.
GPO Publishes Digital Archive of U.S. Government Docs Dating Back to 1895
The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) completed the digitization of the Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, a list of documents produced by the federal government from 1895 to 2004.
South Korea Passes 'Anti-Google Law'
Minjoo Jang and Crispian Wong of Access Partnership write the following in "First 'Anti-Google Law' Passed in South Korea—Who Regulates the Digital Gatekeepers?": "On 14 September, 2021, the proposed amendments to the Telecommunications Business Act (TBA)—more affectionately termed the 'Anti-Google Law'—were enforced in South Korea."
Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Offers Free Econtent to Transit Riders
The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District (LVCCLD) and the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) are providing transit riders with free access to digital content—movies, ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines—via OverDrive's Libby app.
New Study Underlines the Importance of Human Involvement With AI
Joe McKendrick writes the following in "Artificial Intelligence Success Is Tied to Ability to Augment, Not Just Automate" for ZDNet: "Artificial intelligence is only a tool, but what a tool it is. It may be elevating our world into an era of enlightenment and productivity, or plunging us into a dark pit. To help achieve the former, and not the latter, it must be handled with a great deal of care and forethought."

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Plano Public Library Breaks Down Technology Barriers
by Brandi Scardilli
The ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award is presented to an organization that plans, develops, and applies a patron-training program that explores IT in a library setting. The 2021 winner is Plano Public Library (PPL) in Plano, Texas, for its program Breaking Down Barriers With Tech Training, which provides one-on-one instruction for community members in need of technology help. This instruction can include basic computer skills, how to download library apps, how to search the internet, and how to use Google Docs.

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