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AALL 2023: An Invitation Accepted
by Marci Wicker
From July 15 to 18, I had the opportunity to attend the 116th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Boston along with more than 1,700 other attendees. I only have one other AALL conference to compare it to—last year's—but the vibe this year did feel different. This time, it felt like there was a focus on community and re-centering: our people, efforts, structures, and places.

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Plagiarism Today Explores the Efficacy of AI Detection in Education
Jonathan Bailey writes the following in "The Current State of Detecting AI Writing" for Plagiarism Today: "[In June], Turnitin acknowledged the fallibility of their AI detection system, as other computer scientists warned that true and reliable detection of AI writing may never be feasible."
Smithsonian Magazine Reports on the Current State of Paleontology
Riley Black writes the following in "How Many Dinosaurs Remain Undiscovered?" for Smithsonian magazine: "Paleontologists are uncovering new dinosaurs at an astonishing rate. On average, a new species of 'terrible lizard' is named about every two weeks from fossil sites all over the world."
The Verge Reviews Barnes & Noble's E-Reader Strategy
Alex Cranz writes the following in "Barnes & Noble Is Reinventing Itself but Not Its E-readers" for The Verge: "Wall Street Journal has a profile of the company out this week that's a fascinating look at how Barnes & Noble is learning to compete with Amazon without cannibalizing itself in the process."
Jisc Spearheads a Review of Fully OA Academic Publishing
"To kick start the slow shift towards fully open access academic publishing, Jisc has launched a review. ... [T]he aim is to gather evidence, agitate discussion in the higher education sector and make recommendations for action."
AP Looks at the Need for More Inclusive Disinformation Education During the 2024 U.S. Presidential Election
Christine Fernando writes the following in "Election Disinformation Campaigns Targeted Voters of Color in 2020. Experts Expect 2024 to Be Worse" for the Associated Press (AP): "As the 2024 election approaches, community organizations are preparing for what they expect to be a worsening onslaught of disinformation targeting communities of color and immigrant communities."

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How Libraries Help Patrons Go on Vacation
by Brandi Scardilli
Traveling any time of year is great, but there's something special about getting away in the summer—the schools are closed, the days are long, and the weather is warm. In honor of the summer season in the U.S., I checked in with some public libraries to see what travel resources they offer. If you're looking to create a more robust collection of travel and vacation services at your library, I hope you take inspiration from what these library workers have been doing. And maybe you'll even get an idea about where to take your own next trip.

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