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A Ghoul-lection of Halloween Information Sources
by Anthony Aycock
In 2020, COVID-19 stopped Halloween festivities faster than Michael Myers with a butcher knife. Parties were canceled, trick-or-treating was spotty, and haunted houses were occupied by only the ghosts. Thanks to vaccines, the virus may soon be like Dracula after a meeting with Van Helsing, although the delta variant has scripted a pretty mean sequel. What will Oct. 31 be like in 2021? No one knows. But you can prepare for whatever's out there by boning up on Halloween history and culture with these scary-good information sources. 

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Clarivate Shares Its Annual G20 Scorecard for Research Performance
Clarivate released "The Annual G20 Scorecard—Research Performance 2021," a report that "examines the research performance of each of the member countries of the G20 with a visual comparative snapshot for each nation."
Climate Change Knowledge Cooperative Gains New Publisher Partners
The Climate Change Knowledge Cooperative, from Kudos and Impact Science, now features content from Elsevier, Springer Nature, Cambridge University Press, and CCC (Copyright Clearance Center).
CCC Commits to Helping Meet the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals
CCC (Copyright Clearance Center) joined the SDG Publishers Compact initiative, which comprises "stakeholders from across the publishing industry [that are pledging] a commitment to the future and dedication to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals."
W3C and Yubico Are Hosting a Free Online Web Authentication Course
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and Yubico are offering the first online web authentication course, Introduction to Web Authentication. It is designed to teach "developers how to build and incorporate modern authentication techniques into their web-based applications using W3C's Web Authentication (WebAuthn)."
PLOS Publishes First Papers for PLOS Global Public Health
PLOS Global Public Health published its initial cohort of papers on Oct. 13, 2021. PLOS notes, "The journal's mission is to address deeply entrenched global inequities in public health by broadening the range of perspectives from which we learn."

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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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