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Mental Health Awareness Month: What Is Library Anxiety?
by Anthony Aycock
Being a librarian informs my teaching. I set aside one class period for a library orientation and another during which we meet in the library and I am available to work one-on-one with students. Moreover, I encourage them to ask questions of the library staffers by offering extra credit on research papers for that purpose. My motive for this approach is not just to get better papers. It is to help freshmen overcome library anxiety. Given that May is Mental Health Awareness Month, let's take a closer look at this all-too-real phenomenon.

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ASERL and De Gruyter Partner for Better Ebook Access for Libraries
The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) announced that it "has secured an agreement for De Gruyter's University Press Library (UPL). ..."
IMLS Shares Findings From a Study on Literacy Development
"In summer 2023, IMLS commissioned a review of research literature that examines the effects of motivation to read and within reading programs in communities and, particularly, public libraries."
ByWater Solutions Shares Experiences From PLA
"ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, attended the 2024 Public Library Association (PLA) 2024 Conference in Columbus, OH. More than 7,500 library workers, supporters, and vendors were in attendance."
LinkedIn Launches a Suite of Free Online Puzzle Games
"LinkedIn is now in the gaming business. [Signed-in] users on the LinkedIn mobile app or on desktop can play one of three different games. ..."
What to Know About the Return of Net Neutrality
"The Federal Trade Commission on [April 25] voted to restore ‘net neutrality' rules that prevent broadband internet providers such as Comcast and Verizon from favoring some sites and apps over others," the Associated Press (AP) reports. "Net neutrality effectively requires providers of internet service to treat all traffic equally, eliminating any incentive they might face to favor business partners or to hobble competitors."
Sage Rolls Out a Free Online Course on How to Use ChatGPT
"Sage and Technology from Sage, a provider of innovative library technology solutions, [have] launched a free online course to develop users' proficiency in ChatGPT."

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Libraries Without Borders: Using Outreach to Build Community
by Jessica Hilburn
People in the library profession tend to be problem solvers. Whether the problem is literacy, access, service gaps, after-school engagement, or wider social issues, libraries can embrace their role as an anchor of their community to connect people to a broad spectrum of information.

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