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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Transform your community engagement

As you continue to put your community at the center of everything you do, now there’s a library system that does the same. Every aspect of OCLC Wise is designed around people—both library users and library staff—not the collection, which enables libraries to evolve as their communities evolve. Wise helps anticipate community needs and reach people more effectively.  
Gale's Impact Live Inspired Public Libraries in Trying Times
by Terry Ballard
Gale hosted a 2-day, free online event for public libraries on Sept. 29 and 30 called Impact Live. Its theme was Connect, Inspire, Elevate, and it included talks by librarians, industry leaders, and authors. There were three simultaneous tracks on the first day and two tracks on the second.

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New York City Public Library Systems Go Fine-Free
The New York Public Library announced the following: "New York City's three public library systems will no longer charge late fines on books and other circulating materials, eliminating a barrier to access and ensuring that all New Yorkers have free and open access to knowledge and opportunity."
OverDrive Buys the Educational Resources Company TeachingBooks
OverDrive announced its acquisition of TeachingBooks, saying: "TeachingBooks creates and maintains the leading source of supplemental materials that perpetuates informed, joyful reading across the curriculum while furthering successful literacy outcomes."
'The Great Book Shortage of 2021, Explained' by Constance Grady
Constance Grady writes the following for Vox: "If there's a particular book you've got your eye on for the holidays, it's best to order it now. The problems with the supply chain are coming for books, too."
UNESCO and Others Launch Redesigned Global Open Access Portal
UNESCO shares the following information about the new Global Open Access Portal (GOAP): "GOAP.info allows users to browse dynamic Open Access contents via both a text-based search and a map-enabled country search option. Building on an earlier version, the new Portal includes Open Access profiles of 166 countries and highlights existing key Open Access initiatives, mandates, events and publications."
IOP Publishing Rolls Out New OA Titles
IOP Publishing is unveiling three fully OA journals in the Environmental Research series. The company states the following: "Environmental Research: Health ... and Environmental Research: Climate ... will both open submissions from [Oct. 7]. The third new journal, Environmental Research: Ecology ... will open for submissions later in 2021. 

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Hitting the Books: A Pro Baseball Player Promotes Reading and Media Literacy
by Lauree Padgett
At 6 feet, 4 inches tall and weighing 255 pounds, the Washington Nationals' switch-hitting first baseman Josh Bell is an imposing figure. When he steps up to the plate, it isn't hard to imagine that he can hit the ball a loooong way. And in the 2021 MLB season, Bell sent balls flying out of the ballpark more than 25 times. What isn't apparent when looking at this 29-year-old native of Irving, Texas, is how much he is committed to sharing his love of reading and libraries and helping people recognize the importance of literacy—especially media literacy.

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