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What the Future of the Metaverse May Hold for the Information Field
by Larissa Pack
On Oct. 28, 2021, Facebook announced that the company was rebranding to the name Meta during its annual Connect conference. This decision created a buzz in the information and technology spheres, as Meta showed the world what this new name was intended to signify: the development of the metaverse.

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Publishers Weekly News Roundup
The following are some April news articles from Publishers Weekly.
OverDrive Max Access Model Offers Metered Concurrent Use
OverDrive announced that its OverDrive Max access model for schools and libraries has "a growing list of publishers" participating.
'We Need to Talk About the Mental Health Effects of Book Bans on Authors' by Karis Rogerson
Karis Rogerson writes the following for Electric Literature: "It seems like every day there's a new slate of bad news for the queer community in the United States. From anti-trans legislation in Texas to the Florida governor signing the 'Don't Say Gay' bill to books being pulled off shelves—nationwide—for no reason other than who their writers are: queer authors, authors of color, and queer authors of color."
WIRED Shares a Positive Development in the Fight Against Climate Change
Matt Simon writes the following in "Some (Kinda) Good Climate News: 2 Degrees Is Doable" for WIRED: "For all the less-than-encouraging news about climate change—rapid sea-level rise, the land itself transforming, serious trouble brewing under Antarctic glaciers—we've been getting plenty of hope."
ALA Helps Give Libraries Shareable COVID-19 Vaccine Information
ALA joined forces with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' We Can Do This campaign to provide libraries with expert-verified information about COVID-19 vaccines that they can share with parents and guardians of children younger than 12 years old.

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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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