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Classic Wisdom for Contemporary Challenges: The 2021 AALL Conference

More than 1,600 information professionals met July 19–23, 2021, in virtual Cleveland for the American Association of Law Libraries’ (AALL) annual conference. Under the conference theme Leading With Wisdom and Insight, they shared a liberal dose of classic wisdom for addressing the unique challenges of our present moment.

Law Librarians Capitalize on Their Strengths in Washington, D.C.

In 2019, the AALL (American Association of Law Librarians) Annual Meeting & Conference returned to Washington, D.C., for the first time in a decade, as more than 2,000 attendees (up from 1,400 in 2018) gathered July 13–16 under the theme Capitalizing on Our Strengths.

In addition to the conference, some 60 AALL members from 25 states capitalized on the capital location, spending a Day on the Hill doing advocacy training and lobbying. They focused on three key issues: the passage of bipartisan legislation to free up access to federal court records through the PACER system; full funding of the Library of Congress, and especially the Law Library of Congress; and restoration of Net Neutrality protections.

AALL 2022 Brings People Together in Denver
by Marci Wicker
It has been 3 years since the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) held its last in-person conference, which was in Washington, D.C. The 2020 New Orleans conference and the 2021 Cleveland conference were replaced with online events. This year, during AALL, held July 16–19, the organization seemed ready to accept the challenge and responsibility of trying to make the event as safe as possible.

Weekly News Digests
Some Oklahoma Librarians Will Be Penalized for Even Mentioning Abortion
Claire Woodcock writes the following for Motherboard, Vice's technology section: "Library workers across Oklahoma's Metropolitan Library System (MLS) were shocked … after receiving instructions to avoid using the word 'abortion' and not to help patrons locate abortion-related information on either library computers or their own devices."
IMLS Publishes the Latest Results of Its 2020 Public Libraries Survey
IMLS rolled out the newest data and documentation from its 2020 Public Libraries Survey of about 9,000 U.S. (the 50 states; Washington, D.C.; and U.S. territories) library systems (main libraries, library branches, and bookmobiles).
Digital Science Shares Predictions of Who Will Be Metaverse Leaders
David Ellis writes the following for Digital Science: "A new study by world leaders in patent data has revealed the companies that are poised to become the 'Maestros of the Metaverse', conducting the most innovations to underpin the 3D virtual reality space of the near future."
Channel 5 News on YouTube Reaches a New Audience of News Consumers
Theo Schear writes the following for NeimanLab: "A recent college graduate with an oversized thrift store suit and curls like Napoleon Dynamite, Andrew Callaghan doesn't necessarily look like a credible source of information. But Channel 5 News, Callaghan's web series and brand, has built a following including 1.93 million YouTube subscribers. ..."
3D Printing at Sea
Liam Tung writes the following for ZDNet: "The US Navy has installed a 3D printer on its Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex to test the viability of the technology when out at sea."

NewsLink Spotlight
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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