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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 Complex Role of Demand-Driven Acquisition in Public Libraries: A Survey
by Jessica Hilburn
As a librarian in a rural public library, patron needs and desires are always on my mind when purchasing my next cartful of items. In an effort to find out whether others also feel this way, I created a survey for library workers whose responsibilities encompass purchasing materials of various formats for adults. I inquired about the factors they base their purchasing decisions on, whether those factors and decisions have changed over the past 3–5 years, how heavily they rely on patron requests and feedback to drive purchasing decisions, how important celebrity book clubs are for collection development, and what role they believe patrons should play in determining the shape and contents of a public library collection.

Weekly News Digests
ALA Celebrates the Right to Read Act
ALA announced the following: "[ALA] and its division, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), welcomed the bicameral introduction of the Right to Read Act (S. 5064 and H.R. 9056) by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ-03)."
'Publishing Wants to Cash In on BookTok. Creators Say No' by CT Jones
CT Jones writes the following for Rolling Stone: "No one saw BookTok coming. The TikTok community dedicated to readers was an organic effort that seemed to explode overnight, creating trends and an entirely new way to promote books on digital platforms."
SAGE Rolls Out a Student Success Resource for Its SAGE Skills Suite
SAGE introduced SAGE Skills: Student Success, "an interactive resource for students to develop and practice the academic and personal skills needed to thrive in higher education and beyond."
WHO Shares Report on Health and Care Worker Burnout
The World Health Organization announced the following: "A new report by the Qatar Foundation, World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) finds that at least a quarter of health and care workers surveyed reported anxiety, depression and burnout symptoms."
HighSpeedInternet.com Studies How People Spend Time Online
Peter Christiansen writes the following for HighSpeedInternet.com: "We here at HighSpeedInternet.com are deeply interested in how internet access shapes people's lives, and we believe the best way to understand such topics is to get firsthand information from internet users themselves. We asked 1,000 people about their online habits and how they've changed since last year."

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Halloween Recommendations for Your Library
by Brandi Scardilli
Happy (early) Halloween! Now that the spooky season is upon us, let's take a look at what Information Today and NewsBreaks writers recommend to get you into the supernatural spirit. I hope you find something new to enjoy or to take back to your library to share with your patrons.

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