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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

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New Company Helper Systems Shows Researchers How to Tame the Information Glut
by Terry Ballard
Enlisting a team of ebrary veterans and others, Christopher Warnock founded a new company, Helper Systems, and now serves as its CEO. The press release announcing the company's launch describes it as "[a] motley crew of library and publishing industry experts and aficionados, musicians, artists, vintners, Ukrainian freedom fighters, engineers, firefighters and robot builders [who] have launched Helper Systems and aim to change the information landscape forever. Their goal is to make the world's information easier to find, manage and comprehend, and a lot more fun to use."

I don't know about you, but this description had me at "fun to use."

Collegiate Book Collecting Contests: Encouraging Lifelong Appreciation of Reading and Libraries
by Patti Gibbons
Book collecting contests have never swept the nation as a craze, but they have proliferated sporadically over the years, with an uptick in the late 1960s through early 1980s at prestigious institutions such as Boston University (1967) and Harvard University (1977). In the past 20 years, book collecting prizes have multiplied. There are now around 35 contests in the U.S., and contests have begun popping up overseas, beginning with Europe's first book collecting contest, established in 2006 by Cambridge University.

Weekly News Digests
The Future of Simon & Schuster
Joe Pompeo writes the following in "With Penguin Random House Out of the Picture, What Happens to Simon & Schuster Now?" for Vanity Fair: Penguin Random House "argued at trial that if the sale [of Simon & Schuster (S&S)] didn't go through, [S&S owner] Paramount might sell to a firm with little publishing knowledge, which would take on debt and 'gut' S&S. The judge was unmoved. … Who might such an acquirer be, in any case?"
BookTok Is Big for Book Discovery
Lauren Brown writes the following in "More Than Half of Young Readers Credit BookTok With Sparking Passion for Reading, PA Finds" for The Bookseller: "A poll conducted by the Publishers Association has found more than half of young readers credit BookTok, a subcommunity on the social media platform TikTok focused on books and literature, with helping them discover a passion for reading."
What's Up With Hive Social?
Catherine Thorbecke writes the following in "Hive Is the Latest Twitter Alternative to Gain Steam—and to Show How Hard It Would Be to Replace Twitter" for CNN Business: "Amid the chaos [of Elon Musk's Twitter takeover], several Twitter alternatives have reported a surge in new users. The latest to gain mainstream momentum is Hive Social, an app that combines some of the familiar elements of Instagram, Twitter and even MySpace. ..."
Public Libraries as Community Havens
Alice Nuttall writes the following in "Libraries vs. the Cost of Living Crisis" for Book Riot: "Libraries are in a unique position to be able to help people who are struggling financially—they're free to enter, often located in the centre of a town, and are deliberately set up to be welcoming to more vulnerable groups such as children and elderly people."
Meta Runs Into Trouble From the GDPR
Adam Satariano writes the following in "Meta Fined $275 Million for Breaking E.U. Data Privacy Law" for The New York Times: "In the latest penalty against Meta for violating European privacy rules, the tech giant was fined roughly $275 million on [Nov. 28] for a data leak discovered last year that led to the personal information of more than 500 million Facebook users being published online."

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Librarians After Hours, Part 2
by Thomas Pack

Thomas Pack writes the After Hours column for Information Today newsmagazine, which features a quick look at sites info pros might not know about, but should. It reflects when readers would typically have a chance to dig into the sites covered—that is, after work hours.

Here are edited excerpts from Pack's columns from January/February 2022 to November/December 2022, which have been lightly edited and condensed for the web.

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