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Tuesday, November 05, 2019

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The Benefits of Makerspaces in School Libraries
by Corilee Christou
School libraries, particularly those with a practicing librarian, are a vanishing breed. In some instances in which school libraries and librarians have been eliminated, they have been replaced with a makerspace staffed by an aide--either because of budgetary constraints or, even more problematically, because of a lack of understanding of the roles the library and the librarian play in successfully supporting students.

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ALA Update on Macmillan's New Ebook Policy
ALA issued a press release on Nov. 1, saying, "Today Macmillan Publishers begins to limit access to e-books through America's libraries by instituting an eight-week embargo on library e-book purchases. Despite robust public demand to reverse the policy, the publisher is moving ahead with its plan to limit sales to public libraries."
The Digital Reader Weighs In on Macmillan Controversy
The Digital Reader's Nate Hoffelder has been keeping tabs on Macmillan's new policy for ebook lending in public libraries. The following are two of his most recent blog posts, with links to others.
NISO Asks for Public Comment on Library Systems Recommended Practice
NISO (National Information Standards Organization) published a new draft Recommended Practice that is open for public comment through Nov. 30, 2019. It covers "the modernization of library-vendor technical interoperability using RESTful web service application programming interfaces (APIs) and standard mobile application intent calls."
U.S. Copyright Office Debuts Video Series on Copyright Basics
The U.S. Copyright Office introduced the Learning Engine video series on its website and YouTube channel. The series gives viewers primers on the U.S. Copyright Office and copyright concepts.
Soar Makes Its Satellite Map Publicly Accessible
Soar announced that it has opened its satellites to the public, "which provide near-real time imagery all across Earth at 10m resolution per pixel." Site visitors can see high-definition aerial views of various locations, as well as environmental disasters such as wildfires, tsunamis, and hurricanes.

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A Day in the Life of Five Librarians, Part 4
by Justin Hoenke
Justin Hoenke, team leader of Libraries and Community Spaces for the Wellington City Libraries in New Zealand, has been talking to all types of library staffers for A Day in the Life, his column in Information Today. Among other things, he asks them about their typical days, moments that made them proud, their current projects, and how they balance their library work with the rest of their lives. Here's a look at his columns from April 2019 to September 2019, which have been lightly edited and condensed for the web. 

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