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Good News and Bad News From MisinfoCon and MozFest
by Dave Shumaker
MisinfoCon 2022 was held March 7–11 in conjunction with MozFest, the annual Mozilla Festival. The two conferences differed markedly in scale and scope. MisinfoCon, sponsored by a consortium of nonprofits, held 10 sessions during the week, each one discussing a specific initiative or group of similar initiatives related to the fight against misinformation and disinformation. MozFest was organized by the Mozilla Foundation, which also produces and maintains the Firefox browser through its for-profit Mozilla Corp. subsidiary. It attracted 7,300 attendees to 340 sessions on nine thematic tracks, or "Spaces."

Weekly News Digests
ALA Celebrates National Library Week
ALA announced that it is kicking off "National Library Week with the release of its State of America's Libraries Report, highlighting the challenges U.S. libraries faced in the second year of the pandemic—as well as the ways they innovated to meet the needs of their communities."
ACS Publications Issues Statement on Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The American Chemical Society (ACS) announced the following: "The Publications Division of [ACS] joined over a dozen publishers today in signing a letter condemning the war in Ukraine and announcing the suspension of sales and marketing of products and services to research organizations in Russia and Belarus."
The Mellon Foundation Unveils New Branding
The Mellon Foundation's president, Elizabeth Alexander, issued a statement on the organization's new visual identity. She writes: "When we at the Mellon Foundation began undertaking this work, we had just announced our new strategic direction—one that articulated a new approach in our institutional thinking, and a new assessment of both our grantmaking and our operations through the lens of social justice."
PLOS Tests Accessible Data Feature to Propel Open Science Forward
PLOS "is testing a new experimental open science feature intended to promote data sharing and reuse across the PLOS journal portfolio. A subset of PLOS articles that link to shared research data in a repository will now display a prominent visual cue designed to help researchers find accessible data."
CCC and OA Switchboard Facilitate Automated Exchange of OA Info
CCC and the OA Switchboard joined forces "to automate the exchange of OA transactional information between publishers and their customers through the OA Switchboard."

NewsLink Spotlight
A Day in the Life of Five Librarians, Part 8
by Justin Hoenke
Justin Hoenke, the director of Gardiner Public Library in Gardiner, Maine, has been talking to all types of library staffers for A Day in the Life, his column in Information Today. Among other things, he asks them about their typical days, moments that made them proud, their current projects, and how they see the library field evolving. Here's a look at his columns from July/August 2021 to January/February 2022, which have been lightly edited and condensed for the web. 

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