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Defining What Librarianship and Library Education Should Be
by Nancy K. Herther
Current discussions about the philosophical and ethical principles in library education center on such key issues as cultural diversity of professionals and its impact on user perspectives and needs; needs of historically overlooked populations and how to assess and address them; and addressing the health, economic, and other disparities in communities and the potential leadership that is required. These issues aren't new, but the resurgence of energy surrounding them is a hopeful sign of progress.

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Guides for Helping Ukraine and for Learning Its History and Culture
Exact Editions has launched a free nonfiction book collection on the history and culture of Ukraine, available until April 15. It features 18 titles from university presses and other academic publishers, and any publisher is still welcome to add content to the collection.
'Clarivate to Cease All Commercial Activity in Russia'
Clarivate issued the following statement, which reads, in part: "Clarivate respects and supports the rule of international law and joins the global community in condemning Russia's attack on Ukraine."
COVID-19 NEWS: REALM Project Findings Get Published in Microbiology Journal
OCLC issued an update on the REALM (REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums) project—conducted jointly with IMLS and research firm Battelle—stating the following: "Results of [REALM's] work have now been published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology."
'People Are Sharing Heartwarming Stories of Libraries Being Safe Spaces and It's So Wholesome'
Annie Reneau writes the following for Upworthy: "The public library is one of the greatest inventions humankind has ever imagined and actually made happen. Libraries are perfect in concept and exceptional in practice. The idea that we ought to plop a building full of books to borrow wherever groups of people live is beautiful in its simplicity and the fact that we've actually succeeded in doing it is somewhat miraculous."
eLife Issues a Call for Peer Review Trainers in Africa
eLife announced the following: "AfricArXiv, Eider Africa, eLife, PREreview, and TCC Africa have collaborated to develop a peer-review training workshop, Open Peer Reviewers in Africa, tailored to the region-specific context of African researchers. They co-created tools and strategies for scholarly literature evaluation, and are now ready to pilot the new workshop series with researchers who would be interested in sharing their knowledge by training others, and helping co-develop the resources further."

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A Librarian Looks at Oscars 2022: Inclusive Stories, Exclusive Access
by Jessica Hilburn
Even in a season with fewer awards ceremonies to help forecast the Academy Award nominees for the 2021 film year, the Oscar nominations were fairly predictable when announced on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Critics Choice Awards have been pushed back multiple times, and because the Hollywood Foreign Press has been relegated to irrelevancy after its 2021 outing—for having no Black voters and some members receiving gifts from studios in hopes of nominations—the Golden Globes rightly passed without as much as a blip on the radar. So, what are we to expect from the 2022 Oscars ceremony? A surprising variety of genres with an unsurprising list of names.

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