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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

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The last two years have been a challenge for all sectors and libraries have stepped up to play amazing roles in their communities with dynamic programs and resources, creative partnerships and technologies, innovative services as well as digital and learning strategies, and much more. Hear how communities are being supported by their libraries as you join your peers from across the globe when they come together in Monterey for Internet Librarian 2022.
Chicago Tool Library Promotes Self-Sufficiency Through Community Sharing
by Patti Gibbons
Launched several months before the start of the pandemic, the Chicago Tool Library is a shining example of the growing tool-lending program movement that is gaining traction. Tool libraries have been around for a while, with perhaps the oldest being the one started in Grosse Pointe, Mich., in 1943. Aligned with today's sharing economy, tool libraries are increasingly popping up to serve communities in the U.S. and abroad.

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OCLC Files Suit Against Clarivate for Using Its WorldCat Cataloging for a New Service
OCLC issued the following statement to the press on June 15: "On June 13, 2022, OCLC filed suit against Clarivate PLC and its subsidiaries, Clarivate Analytics (US) LLP, Ex Libris, and ProQuest in the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio."
OCLC's 'Collective Responsibility to Protect the Unparalleled Value of WorldCat'
OCLC issued a justification of its June 13 lawsuit against Clarivate, stating, "Clarivate is a multi-billion-dollar conglomerate that's trying to appropriate investments, innovation, and efforts by a nonprofit library organization and the libraries it serves."
Clarivate Provides Statement on OCLC's Lawsuit
On June 17, Clarivate published a statement on its website, saying, in part: "Clarivate is disappointed to report that [OCLC] has filed a lawsuit against Clarivate PLC and subsidiaries … in connection with our development plans to create a free and open community peer-to-peer sharing platform for metadata created and owned by libraries."
Publishers Weekly Weighs In on OCLC-Clarivate Lawsuit
Publishers Weekly's Andrew Albanese writes the following: "[T]he filing claims Clarivate plans to freely provide WorldCat records to MetaDoor users—but the company's intention is 'not altruistic,' lawyers say. 'Instead, this is just [Clarivate's] latest attempt to further consolidate their dominant position in the ILS/LSP … market.'
Info Pros React to OCLC's Lawsuit Against Clarivate
Responses to the OCLC-Clarivate lawsuit filed June 13 boil down to one sentiment: This may not necessarily be a good development for—or have a beneficial outcome for—libraries. Opinions vary on how problematic OCLC's cataloging actually is and how monopolistic Clarivate is. Some people have suggested the development of library-led, open source cataloging that doesn't involve either company.

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Bridgerton in Libraries: How Libraries Tap Into the Zeitgeist Even When Denied Access
by Brandi Scardilli
In October 2021, Bibliotheca unveiled the new library streaming service biblio+. It has a respectable selection so far, but it doesn't have the buzzed-about hits that commercial streaming services put out. Take Bridgerton, for example, which is a Netflix show based on a book series by Julia Quinn. Librarians are finding ways to connect with their patrons about this wildly popular show, even if they can't necessarily hand them DVDs of it or recommend it as part of their streaming collection. In this article, librarians explain why they're Bridgerton fans and want to share it with their community. You'll learn some of the ways librarians promote the show and the books, often alongside their existing romance collections. And librarians confront the main problem of celebrating Bridgerton—that they can't offer access to it—and discuss a possible solution.

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