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Celebrating Sunshine Week During the COVID-19 Crisis
by Barbie E. Keiser
As a nation, we have celebrated the week of James Madison's birthday (March 16) as Sunshine Week for 15 years. Throughout the week, news outlets and open government advocacy groups issue articles and reports on the public's right to know what its government is doing. Meetings scheduled during Sunshine Week allow journalists, educators, librarians, civic groups, and government officials to debate and extol open government and freedom of information. ... In step with the advised COVID-19 precautions, some groups shifted Sunshine Week celebrations to virtual events (e.g., webinars); others promised that planned in-person meetings would be rescheduled for a later date. As many of the resource sites were collected in preparation for the annual weeklong initiative, it's worth mentioning them. So here goes.

Weekly News Digests
COVID-19 NEWS: Internet Archive's National Emergency Library Draws Backlash
Colin Dwyer writes the following for NPR: "Last week, when the Internet Archive announced its 'National Emergency Library,' expanding access to more than a million digitized works, the group explained the move as a goodwill gesture in the time of coronavirus. ... But there's one major issue that several media outlets, including NPR, failed to mention in covering the decision: Many writers and publishers say the website, even before the creation of this National Emergency Library, has been sharing full digital copies of their books without their permission."
COVID-19 NEWS: Internet Archive Defends the Launch of Its National Emergency Library
The Internet Archive posted the following: "Last Tuesday we launched a National Emergency Library ... in response to the rolling wave of school and library closures that remain in place to date. We've received dozens of messages of thanks from teachers and school librarians, who can now help their students access books while their schools, school libraries, and public libraries are closed."
COVID-19 NEWS: 'COVID-19 Information Overload Leads to Simple but Unhelpful Choices'
EurekAlert! from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) shares the following: "[Information o]verload occurs when too much relevant information is arriving, particularly when it comes through the 'homogenising' lens of the web browser, which makes it difficult to distinguish which information is reliable and helpful. It leads people to feel overwhelmed and powerless, and causes anxiety, fatigue, and paralysis of action; bad enough at any time, dangerous in a pandemic."
Patron Point Develops an Online Registration Solution
Patron Point introduced its Online Registration solution, which provides "a complete workflow from customized, branded sign up forms which are placed on the library website. ..."
Cambridge University Press Rolls Out Cambridge Open Engage
Cambridge University Press unveiled Cambridge Open Engage, a new content and collaboration platform that researchers can use to submit their work, including preprints, presentations, working papers, conference posters, and gray literature.

NewsLink Spotlight
A Day in the Life of Five Librarians, Part 5
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 October 2019 to April 2020.

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by Heather Hedden
Foreword by Stephanie Lemieux
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