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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

We're Going Virtual in October!

Global crises create a sense of urgency for change and innovation, and libraries definitely stepped up to the call for action in their various communities. Join your peers from across the globe as they come together online for Internet Librarian Connect 2021, where we'll highlight some of the exciting changes that will likely become standard, those that were great experiments from which we learned much, as well as creative new insights and plans for the future.
Academic Librarians Seeking Equity Through Unionization
by Nancy K. Herther
In the past few years, we have seen a major shift in how library workers, especially academic librarians, see themselves and how they are being treated by their institutions. Unionization is an important option for librarians who are seeking to improve their own status and benefits.

Weekly News Digests
ALA Shares Events That Are Planned for Banned Books Week
ALA provided details about Banned Books Week, to be held Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2021. This year's theme is Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us. There are free resources, such as infographics, printable activities, and social media shareables at ala.org/advocacy/bbooks.
Pennsylvania School District Reverses Its Ban on Race-Related Books
Hannah Brandt writes the following in "Central York School District Reverses Book Ban After Growing Protests" for ABC27 News: "After weeks of protest, the Central York School District [in Pennsylvania] has decided to reverse a controversial book ban."
CCC Looks at the Intricacies of Peer Review
Dave Davis, research analyst for CCC, published a three-part article series about peer review for Peer Review Week 2021 (Sept. 20–24).
Knowledge Rights 21 Fights for Fair Copyright Practices in Europe
Knowledge Rights 21 (KR21)—which will advocate "for a 21st century copyright environment across Europe that is friendly to the modern delivery and use of education and research materials"—launched as a program of the Stichting IFLA Foundation (SIF). ...
EFF Will Discontinue HTTPS Everywhere in 2022
Alexis Hancock writes the following in "HTTPS Is Actually Everywhere" for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF): "For more than 10 years, EFF's HTTPS Everywhere browser extension has provided a much-needed service to users: encrypting their browser communications with websites and making sure they benefit from the protection of HTTPS wherever possible. Since we started offering HTTPS Everywhere, the battle to encrypt the web has made leaps and bounds. ..."

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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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