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Embracing Disruption & Forging New Tech Pathways

The 28th Internet Librarian Connect virtual event highlights exciting possibilities for libraries and their communities, such as how libraries are using AI and machine learning to save time for new programs; dealing with big data to pinpoint insights; using sensors and other Internet of Things devices to improve and extend services; experimenting with extended realities like augmented and virtual reality to delight their communities; and tracking and sharing applications of smart technology with their campuses, organizations, and neighborhoods. Internet Librarians never, however, lose sight of people in their communities as they futurize and transform to make sure they remain relevant and valuable within them.

PowerNotes Gives Researchers the Power to Organize, Write, and Learn
by Terry Ballard
In 2016, Wilson Tsu, a lawyer, decided to leave his position in a Chicago law firm and address a problem that he had noticed in law school. He thought that the tools for legal research writing were clunky and confusing. His prior background as an engineer had given him the skills to design a new tool for integrating online research into a unified file containing an outline, citations, and original writing. He launched a startup called PowerNotes and began to market the tool of the same name to law schools.
PowerNotes soon gained widespread acceptance in the legal world, and Tsu began to recognize its potential in academia beyond law schools.

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An Update on Florida Book Challenges
"As Florida schools face a growing number of book ban attempts, Gov. Ron DeSantis is scaling back policies that made it easier for people to challenge materials in schools."
National Library of Turkey Shares Its Plan to Digitize Its Collections
Daily Sabah reports, "Efforts are underway to digitize [the Turkey] National Library's vast collection, totaling 20 million pages of resources, with plans to extend accessibility beyond [its location in] Ankara. ..."
The Digital Preservation Coalition Expands Its Work in the Americas
The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is creating a new program of work, led by a U.S.-based staffer, to support existing and new members across the Americas.
What the TikTok Legislation Reveals About Media Literacy
"The U.S. government moved closer to banning the video social media app TikTok after the House of Representatives attached the measure to an emergency spending bill on Apr. 17, 2024."
The Big Ten Academic Alliance and Partners Pledge Support for Diamond OA in the U.S.
"Diamond OA. If the United States is to be a strong participant in this important global movement, it is our observation that collaborative action is needed to develop this model at a national scale within the US as an equitable, robust, and values-driven pathway to open access," the Big Ten Academic Alliance writes.

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Librarians After Hours, Part 3
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. This article features excerpts from Pack's columns from January/February 2023 to November/December 2023.

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