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This week’s NewsBreak is a review of Bibliotheca’s new streaming service for libraries. Catch up on NewsBreaks’ recent coverage of streaming services and libraries:

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Bridgerton in Libraries: How Libraries Tap Into the Zeitgeist Even When Denied Access

Bibliotheca’s biblio+ 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.

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A Librarian Looks at Oscars 2022: Inclusive Stories, Exclusive Access

A slate of genre-diverse movies representing people from Japan and Ireland as well as Afro-Latinas and LGBTQ+ actors and plotlines, thrillers, science fiction, biopics, noirs, musicals, Westerns, and earth-destroying meteors finds a place among the 2022 Academy Award nominees. Something for everyone, it seems. Unless everyone includes those who don’t have access to the internet or are socioeconomically disadvantaged.

How Streaming Platforms Reinforce Inequity in Public Access to Entertainment

Accessibility in media entertainment is increasingly becoming more difficult for libraries to achieve in a streaming-heavy world. Equitable access demands physical materials. Digital is not the panacea, but instead the great divider. Who deserves access to entertainment in the 21st century? If you ask the streaming services, the answer is only those who can afford it.

Why Librarians Love Movies

When all of the politicking and lack of inclusivity of the Oscars gets you down, it’s a good time to remind yourself why you fell in love with movies in the first place. Here are some librarians’ thoughts on why movies are important to them.

Keeping Up With the Urbanites: The Importance of Popular Culture in Rural Libraries

Libraries are being squeezed nationally with the unceasing growth of technology and widespread ignorance regarding the services we provide to those who desperately need them. Access to popular culture is not a luxury but a necessity many take for granted, and it is not equal for all people. Rural public libraries provide a direct line to national conversations that shape the way we function in the world.

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Binge-Watch All Week With RBdigital

Recorded Books has become the first vendor to launch an unlimited streaming video service for libraries. Patrons can use RBdigital to binge-watch streaming videos for free by clicking on the app’s 7-day access pass (for available titles). When the week is up, they get an alert, and they can check out the pass again if need be. And libraries can save the money they would have spent on pricey individual videos.

'An Open Book': Bibliotheca Enters the World of Digital Streaming for Libraries
by Justin Hoenke
In the world of libraries, where budgets tend to stay flat or shrink while everything else keeps going up in cost, the thought of dropping a massive amount of money into a digital streaming service that charges the library per use does not seem like a great idea. But here we are in 2022, living in an age when a lot of digital streaming services offered to libraries have that exact model. Services such as Netflix, Disney+, and Hulu do not have a pay-per-use model, so wouldn't you think that a digital streaming service offered to libraries would go the same route? Until recently, that answer was no. But things are changing.

Weekly News Digests
An Analysis of Inaugural Copyright Claims Board Filings
Eric Goldman writes the following in "A First Look at Copyright Claims Board (CCB) Filings" on Technology & Marketing Law Blog: "[July 16] marks the 1-month anniversary of the Copyright Claims Board, so I thought it's a good opportunity to take a very quick snapshot of the filings we've seen so far."
UNESCO Looks at Holocaust-Related Content on Social Media
UNESCO announced the results of a study of Holocaust-related content on social media platforms. The press release states the following: "As part of their plan to counter the denial and distortion of the Holocaust, UNESCO and the United Nations sought to objectively measure the extent of these phenomena on social networks, in partnership with the World Jewish Congress. They commissioned researchers from the Oxford Internet Institute to identify and analyze 4,000 posts related to the Holocaust, on five major platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Telegram, TikTok and Twitter."
Springshare Integrates LibChat Into PowerNotes to Streamline Research
Springshare joined forces with PowerNotes to bring its LibChat library chat tool into the PowerNotes research process manager. This enables PowerNotes users to launch live LibChat experiences with research librarians at their institution from inside their PowerNotes browser plugin or the PowerNotes project outline screen.
Findings From Ithaka S+R's Latest U.S. Faculty Survey
Taylor & Francis shared the results of Ithaka S+R's U.S. Faculty Survey 2021, which Taylor & Francis sponsored. There were nearly 8,000 respondents, 45% of whom are professors. Associate professors, assistant professors, adjunct professors, lecturers, and other instructors also answered the survey.
The Looming Problem of Deepfakes
Danny Palmer writes the following in "The Next Big Security Threat Is Staring Us in the Face. Tackling It Is Going to Be Tough" for ZDNet: "[D]eepfakes could easily become a new vector for cyber crime, and it's going to be a real struggle to contain the trend. It's entirely possible that organisations will need to come up with a new set of rules around authenticating decisions made in online meetings."

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What's New From Pew Research Center in 2022
by Brandi Scardilli
NewsBreaks often covers recent surveys and reports from Pew Research Center, "a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world." Its website has 12 main topic sections, each showcasing the latest research, which is collected in reports, fact sheets, or other formats that extrapolate respondents' answers to cover the entire U.S. (or other) population. The following are some of the latest reports from 2022.

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