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Tuesday, February 08, 2022

CIL 2022 Connect Virtual Event

Join us ONLINE for Computers in Libraries Connect! 

We're going virtual! This year's online program features daily keynotes, 5 tracks, workshops, networking opportunities, a virtual exhibit hall, and much more. Join your peers next month to learn, share, and celebrate the disruptive trends shaping the future of libraries and information professionals. 

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In case you missed it ...

The FYI on CRT

by Anthony Aycock

What is critical race theory? How did it get to the forefront of political discussions? And what are the best information sources on it for librarians to recommend?

Engaging Children in Anti-Racism Work at Your Library 

by Tasha Nins and Tamara Lee

In the same ways that adults teach children social, emotional, and ecological literacy and other life skills, we also have an opportunity and obligation to teach them anti-racist practices.

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. What isn't apparent when looking at him 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.

Can Deleting the Past Be the Answer to Racism?

by Nancy K. Herther

We are seeing major efforts in literature, science, and technology to recognize and deal with the impacts of published racism. This awakening is overdue and to be applauded; however, for information professionals, there are many complex and troubling issues embedded in these efforts that we must face and work to influence.

Eye of the Beholder: How Media Bias Shapes Perception

by Lauree Padgett

"Before we can understand racism and media, we must do more to understand the history of racism. How much do we know about the history of inclusion and exclusion in America and the messages we have gotten around who belongs?"

Data Colonialism: A New Way to Look at the Complex World of Information
by Nancy K. Herther
Unlike exploiting natural resources, data colonialism is "appropriated"—built into the passive agreements that people take on whenever they use the web-based systems or internet services that virtually everyone on the planet is a part of. However, people have no control of or real influence on how the data is gathered, used, shared, or maintained. And perhaps worse yet, there are no legal or ethical standards on how individual privacy can be guaranteed. Researchers today are recognizing that some type of international conventions and/or legal framework governing the capture, maintenance, and use of this data is needed.

Weekly News Digests
CCC Plans Feb. 9 Town Hall on Librarians and Researchers
CCC is hosting a town hall on Feb. 9, 2022—titled What's Ahead for Librarians and Researchers?—that will feature "the latest research on the powerful forces bringing disruption to an age-old partnership—and [explore] why change may mean opportunity to widen access, accelerate discovery, and close the information gap."
'Synthetic Voices Want to Take Over Audiobooks' by Tom Simonite
Tom Simonite writes the following for WIRED: "Synthetic voices have become less grating in recent years, in part due to artificial intelligence research by companies such as Google and Amazon, which compete to offer virtual assistants and cloud services with smoother artificial tones. ... Speechki is one of several startups developing speech synthesis for audiobooks."
IMLS and FCC Join Forces to Expand Broadband Access to Tribal Libraries
IMLS is partnering with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) "to expand broadband connectivity to Tribal libraries. The agencies will team up to raise awareness about the E-Rate program among Tribal libraries and organizations, which can use program funds to increase broadband access to serve their communities."
EveryLibrary Gets the Word Out About Book Banning News
EveryLibrary shared some recent news about book banning, stating, "In the last few weeks we've seen dozens of new attacks on libraries. We're working on quite a few of them. Luckily, we have found just as many new allies to help fight for libraries."
'Scribd Opens Free Access to Targeted Titles' by Porter Anderson
Porter Anderson writes the following for Publishing Perspectives: "Based in San Francisco, the international subscription service Scribd has on Friday (February 4) announced that it's making banned books available to read without charge-and without a credit card or other commitment required."

NewsLink Spotlight
What’s New With Public Library Ebook Vendors
by Brandi Scardilli
Library ebook vendors sign contracts with publishers to get books delivered to their platforms and then sell their licenses to public libraries at the prices the publishers set. The pandemic has accelerated patron use of ebooks, which has brought the fight for fair prices back into the spotlight. While public libraries and publishers are hashing out what ebooks should cost, the vendors have been working to provide public libraries and their patrons with the best user experience possible (and make a profit themselves, of course—with the notable exception of The Palace Project). Let's take a look at what's new with some of the major library ebook vendors.

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