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Tuesday, March 01, 2022

Check out NewsBreaks' Oscars coverage for 2022!

"A Librarian Looks at Oscars 2022: Inclusive Stories, Exclusive Access" 

by Jessica Hilburn

A slate of genre-diverse movies representing people from Japan and Ireland as well as Afro-Latinas and LGBTQ+ actors and plotlines, thrillers, science fiction, biopics, noirs, musicals, Westerns, and earth-destroying meteors finds a place among the 2022 nominees. Something for everyone, it seems. Unless everyone includes those who don’t have access to the internet or are socioeconomically disadvantaged.

Jess and Brandi on the 2022 Oscars; click here

In their first recorded conversation, librarian Jessica Hilburn and NewsBreaks editor Brandi Scardilli discuss their hot takes on the 2022 Oscar nominations. They delve into all major nominations, including Best Picture, and end the conversation with questions about pop culture access for libraries and patrons. Diversity, streaming, access, performances, and more are on the docket.

Don't miss NewsBreaks' Academy Awards coverage from 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021, along with "Why Librarians Love Movies" and "The Oscars at the Library."

NISO Plus 2022: The Name Doesn't Say It All
by Dave Shumaker
For the third consecutive year, the NISO Plus conference provided what its name only hints at. Held virtually over 3 days, Feb. 15–17, 2022, it delivered an informative and thought-provoking multinational survey of the roles that collaboration, conversation, and standardization play in our constantly changing worldwide information environment.

Weekly News Digests
APA Releases Statement Condemning Anti-Trans Directive in Texas
The president of the American Psychological Association, Frank C. Worrell, issued a statement against a directive from the Texas governor, Greg Abbott, that urges people to report the parents of transgender minors if they seem to be providing their children with gender-affirming medical care.
AASL Backs Effort to Stop Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation
ALA announced that the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has signed an open letter to state legislatures across the U.S., "calling on them to halt the advance of discriminatory, anti-LGBTQ+ legislation."
Nature to Hold Free Virtual Conference for International Women's Day
Nature is hosting its first dedicated gender equality conference to mark International Women's Day. Breaking Barriers for Gender Equity Through Research will be a free virtual event held March 9–10, 2022.
World Economic Forum Researchers Call for Better Engagement Between Policymakers and Scientists
Phys.org posted the following: "Scientists from the World Economic Forum's [WEF] Young Scientists community want to see the social value of scientific research better recognised and acknowledged. Published ... by Frontiers Policy Labs, a call has been signed by 52 scholars from some of the world's foremost academic institutions."
'The Appeal of the Ukrainian Library Association to IFLA President and Governing Board and IFLA Members'
The Ukrainian Library Association issued the following statement on its Facebook page. It reads, in part: "The fifth day of the full-scale Russia's invasion to Ukraine is ongoing, air bombing of a large number of cities and villages of whole Ukraine, Russian tanks are on approaches to Kyiv, Kharkiv, Russian subversive groups are on our land. ... In these challenging times Ukrainian librarians are together with all the people."

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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