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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Two popular Information Today, Inc. conferences are going online this fall!

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We are excited to announce Computers in Libraries & Internet Librarian Connect 2020, a weeklong virtual event that will run Sept. 21-25. Program, registration, and sponsorship information will be available soon.

After 34 years of hosting a successful annual event, our 35th Computers in Libraries is going virtual, along with Internet Librarian. We have combined our planned programs around the themes Generation Next: Preparing for New Technologies and Futurizing: People, Technology & Communities, which focus on exciting library programs and services that have taken place and that are being planned for the future by using new technology and building community partnerships. We will also celebrate the 40th anniversary of Computers in Libraries magazine.

Learn more here.

Underline Science Brings Conferences Into the Streaming Era
by Dave Shumaker
Underline Science is a new venture that aims to change the way scholarly conferences are presented and experienced. Although it wasn't planned this way, the platform could not have debuted at a more auspicious time, having rolled out to the public just before the pandemic-driven bans on travel earlier this year. Underline Science may be a timely new way to sustain and even enhance scholarly communication, especially now that scholars are doing less traveling and conference organizers are faced with excruciating decisions about whether to cancel events.

Weekly News Digests
COVID-19 NEWS: 'Contact Tracing: How Ireland Built Its App and What It's Doing Next'
Daphne Leprince-Ringuet writes the following for ZDNet: "While most Irish residents were busy preparing for the country to go on full lockdown on the weekend of the 21 March this year, Colm Harte, the technical director of software company NearForm, was having another kind of Saturday."
COVID-19 NEWS: 'School Librarians Lead During Pandemic Learning Conditions'
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) published School Librarian Role in Pandemic Learning Conditions, a chart that demonstrates school librarians' "critical role in meeting the needs of learners in a constantly changing learning environment." It examines three back-to-school scenarios (face-to-face learning, blended learning, and distance learning), each in relation to five roles of school librarians (instructional partner, teacher, leader, information specialist, and program administrator).
Digital Science Celebrates Its 10th Birthday
Cameron Shepherd writes the following for Digital Science's Perspectives blog: "On 7th December 2020, Digital Science celebrates its official tenth birthday (though it existed as 'Project Babbage' more than a year before it was launched publicly). To mark the occasion, we will be releasing a few birthday posts over the course of the year."
Innovative Signs Library Partners for Its New Patron Engagement Platform
Innovative announced that six U.S. public libraries have joined its Development Partner program to provide input on Vega, Innovative's new patron engagement and discovery solution.
ProQuest Now Offers Audio Descriptions on Popular Videos
To make videos more accessible to visually impaired users, ProQuest added audio descriptions to its most-watched titles in Academic Video Online and ProQuest One Academic.

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Calls for Equity and Diversity at ALA Virtual
by Brandi Scardilli
The ALA Annual Conference is such a massive event that I was skeptical an online version could convey all of its aspects properly. Despite a few technical hiccups in the beginning, I think the organization succeeded admirably with ALA Virtual, held June 24-26.

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