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How to Find Political Advertising Data
by Nancy K. Herther
A December 2020 Forbes article notes, "In a year that has been extraordinary in every conceivable—and inconceivable—way, it's not a shock that 2020 would provide an unprecedented level of political advertising spending." It says that digital political advertising accounted for about 2%–3% of overall campaign ad spending during the 2015–2016 election cycle and increased to 18% by the 2019–2020 election cycle, or about $1.6 billion in digital advertising nationwide. This incredible investment is significant in many ways—and it is certainly an important trend for information professionals.

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Authors Announce and Then Pull NFT-Based Project
Amanda Silberling writes the following for TechCrunch: "Along with a team of nine developers, the six young adult authors spent two months working nights and weekends to bring Realms of Ruin to life. Within hours of its announcement, the project garnered so much backlash that they pulled the plug."
ACRL and PLA Unveil the Benchmark Library Data Resource
ACRL and PLA announced the release of Benchmark: Library Metrics and Trends, a "digital resource [that] can help libraries plan, make informed decisions, and tell the story of their impact."
IMLS Studies How Libraries and Museums Contribute to Social Well-Being
IMLS partnered with Reinvestment Fund for a study that "examines the role of museums and libraries in promoting social wellbeing in communities across the United States."
British Museum Children's Magazine Archive Launches on Exact Editions
Exact Editions announced that the British Museum's magazine for children, Remus, launched institutional subscriptions to its archive of 30-plus issues, published three times a year throughout 14 years. Each subscription also features access to all future issues.
NISO Creates Working Group on Publisher and Repository Workflows
NISO (National Information Standards Organization) is starting a new project, Integrating Publisher and Repository Workflows to Improve Research Data-Article Links.

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Librarians After Hours, Part 1
by Thomas Pack
Thomas Pack writes the newly rebranded After Hours column for Information Today, which features a quick look at sites info pros might not know about, but should. Here are excerpts from Pack's columns from January/February 2021 to November/December 2021.

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