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Police Use-of-Force Data Has Yet to Be Sufficiently Studied
by Nancy K. Herther
Government data is only as good as it is complete. In December 2021, an article in The Washington Post discussed how the FBI's National Use-of-Force Data Collection database, begun in 2019, still suffers from a lack of data input from police departments across the U.S. This is considered so much of a problem that the FBI is thinking of shutting down the program. In an era of a great deal of interest and concern about policing, especially after the murder of George Floyd, how can the FBI even consider giving up? Is there really no way to require key data on such an important topic?

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Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Starts Lending Phones to Help Bridge the Digital Divide
The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District unveiled a new pilot initiative that "provides smart phones to low-income residents, and those experiencing homelessness. Each phone comes pre-loaded with Library District apps that provide life-enriching and educational resources as well as critical social and community services."
ACS Joins National Academy of Sciences in Protecting Ukrainian Scientists
The American Chemical Society (ACS) announced that it has made a $500,000 donation to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS), whose Engineers in Exile or Displaced (SEED) program is currently helping researchers who have been forced to flee Ukraine.
New ALA Report Looks at Library Broadband Services
Government Technology posted about ALA's new report, stating the following: "The report, titled Keeping Communities Connected: Library Broadband Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic, explores the efforts of libraries to understand and combat the digital divide."
'No, Actually, Book Bans Don't Sell Books' by Andrew Karre
Andrew Karre, executive editor at Dutton Books, shared thoughts on book bans that were published in the Arizona Mirror.
IFLA Shares Reassurances After Its Leadership Shakeup
In the April 2022 IFLA newsletter, IFLA president Barbara Lison addressed the organization's recent upheaval, stating that "many [IFLA members] have expressed a sense of uncertainty or desire for more information. I acknowledge this, and agree that those who have put so much of themselves into IFLA only deserve to receive accurate and timely information. ..."

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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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