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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Information Today April Issue PDFWe are pleased to share the FREE digital April 2020 edition of Information Today magazine. In this issue (registration required), you’ll find Jessica Hilburn’s primer on how to create a successful social media strategy for your library (page 12), Dave Shumaker’s interview with SAGE executives (page 15), and Anthony Aycock’s feature on what it’s like to be a state legislative librarian (page 19).


  • For A Day in the Life, Justin Hoenke interviews Tjinder Singh from the band Cornershop about the creative process (page 4). 
  • In We the People, Terry Ballard details how a Nebraska makerspace is helping to bridge the digital divide (page 6).
  • George Pike’s Legal Issues column (page 26) asks, “Disney’s Baby Yoda Takedown: Brand Protection or Just Bullying?” 
  • In the EContent section, Kashyap Kompella shares how leveraging AI skills can bring career success (page 33), and Linda Pophal talks to companies about how social media is affecting their content strategy (page 35).
  • And more …

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Hope, Power, and Action: An Interview With James G. Neal
by Dave Shumaker
James G. "Jim" Neal is 2020's Miles Conrad Award recipient, and he delivered the annual Miles Conrad Memorial Lecture at the NISO Plus Conference on Feb. 24. Neal, whose career in librarianship is well into its fifth decade, is university librarian emeritus at Columbia University. ... Neal delivered his lecture by prerecorded video, as he was unable to attend the conference due to a prior commitment. I spoke with him a few days afterward, by phone.

Weekly News Digests
Happy National Library Week!
All of the typical celebrations won't necessarily be taking place this year, but you can follow #NationalLibraryWeek on Twitter and visit ala.org/conferencesevents/celebrationweeks/natlibraryweek for updates.
COVID-19 NEWS: 'WHO COVID-19 Database Launches New Search Interface'
Tomas Allen of the World Health Organization (WHO) Library sent an email to the MEDLIB-L email discussion list with the following message ...
COVID-19 NEWS: 'Libraries Brace for Budget Cuts'
Lindsay McKenzie writes the following for Inside Higher Ed ...
COVID-19 NEWS: 'Verizon Will Buy Video Conferencing Company BlueJeans'
"VerizonĀ is buying the video conferencing platform BlueJeans as workers increasingly rely on web tools to connect during the coronavirus pandemic. ... Verizon will pay about $400 million in the deal, CNBC's David Faber reported."
U.S. Copyright Office Hosts Free Online Lecture Series
The U.S. Copyright Office announced the next discussion in its Copyright Matters lecture series: Awareness to Action: Innovate for a Green Future, to be held April 29 at 11 a.m. EDT.

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 inĀ 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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The Accidental Taxonomist, 3rd edition
The Accidental Taxonomist, 3rd edition
by Heather Hedden
Foreword by Stephanie Lemieux
The Accidental Taxonomist is the most comprehensive guide available to the art and science of building information taxonomies. Heather Hedden—a leading taxonomy expert and instructor—walks readers through the process, displaying her trademark ability to present highly technical information in straightforward, comprehensive English.

In this fully revised third edition, Hedden adds an entirely new chapter on ontologies, emphasizes the SKOS model of concepts over the traditional thesaurus model of terms, and provides new insights into taxonomy development techniques. She presents fresh survey data; new screenshots and examples; and updated information on software, career opportunities, and resources for taxonomists.

2022/502pp softbound/ISBN 978-1-57387-586-8 | $47.50

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Editor: Brandi Scardilli
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