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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

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Computers in Libraries magazine has released its 2023 editorial calendar. Send your proposals for case studies, how-tos, and best practices articles now for full consideration in early 2023 editions on library systems, e-resources, search, and many other aspects of applied library technology.


The Pros and Cons of Using AI-Based Mental Health Tools
by Kashyap Kompella
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for mental health resources and treatments. But underinvestment in mental healthcare has been pervasive not just in the U.S., but across the globe, and the data paints a grim picture. Less than half of the adults who have a mental illness receive treatment. There is a shortage of trained therapists and psychiatrists. For those who have access to them, the wait for an appointment can stretch into months. Many mental health conditions go undiagnosed or are diagnosed long after they begin. Given this context, there is a great deal of interest in digital tools for mental health.

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'How Libraries Became Refuges for People With Mental Illness' by Anthony Aycock
Anthony Aycock writes the following for Slate: "I am the director of the North Carolina Legislative Library, which is part of the state legislature. In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of state agencies were closed. My library was not. Word of this must have gotten around as our reference numbers shot up. ... Why? We were one of the few places to answer the phone. And listen. And try to help."
Mozilla Research: 'Does This Button Work? Investigating YouTube's Ineffective User Controls'
Becca Ricks and Jesse McCrosky write the following for Mozilla: "YouTube is the second most visited website in the world, and its algorithm drives most of the video views on YouTube. Previous Mozilla research determined that people are routinely recommended videos they don't want to see, including violent content, hate speech, and political misinformation."
PLOS Research: 'Open Access Doesn't Need APCs'
Sara Rouhi, director of strategic partnerships at PLOS, writes the following: "The [business] models we introduced in 2020 began as an experiment to systemically address the barriers publications fees pose for many researchers and prove that APCs are not the only way to support Open Access. More sustainable—and equitable—models exist."
Library of Congress Taps EBSCO to Build a New Collection Management Platform
The Library of Congress (LC) announced that it awarded EBSCO Information Services a "contract to further develop and implement a new, open-source IT platform that will revolutionize how the [LC]'s vast physical and digital collections are managed and made accessible for the public, Congress, Library employees and other institutions."
Jisc Shares a Cyberattack Story From a Member Institution
Jisc explored the process of identifying and rectifying a cyberattack with The Lincoln College Group's group director of IT, information management, and projects, Graham Harrison.

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A Day in the Life of Five Librarians, Part 9
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 March 2022 to July/August 2022.

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