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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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Broadband's Pandemic Failure: How We Got Here and Why the Federal Government Must Fix It
by Jessica Hilburn
In 2020, the U.S. government will spend $704.6 billion on the military while tens of thousands of children are forced to complete homework assignments from cars in fast food parking lots because they have no internet at home. The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a bright light on high-speed internet inequity over the past 6-plus months—with no plan in sight to truly rectify the problem.

Weekly News Digests
IFLA Signs Documents for Promoting Digital Inclusion and Access
IFLA shared that it is supporting two documents that address the digital divide. The first, Libraries in Response: Every Community Connected, is a call to action for governments. ...
Kanopy Teams With A+E Networks for Docuseries Content
Kanopy signed an agreement with A+E Networks, which allows Kanopy to offer docuseries from A+E Networks' content divisions—such as A&E and HISTORY—to its academic and public library customers. ...
Springshare Introduces Pickup Manager Tool to Simplify Holds Pickups
Springshare rolled out Pickup Manager, which helps libraries "streamline the holds pickup process while adhering to [their] COVID-19 safety guidelines."
OCLC Gets New Content Partners for WorldCat Discovery
OCLC announced that it "has signed agreements with leading publishers and other content providers around the world to add metadata for high-quality electronic and print books, journals, databases, and other learning materials that will make their content discoverable through WorldCat Discovery."
Cybersecurity Collaborative Offers Funding to Subsidize Membership
Cybersecurity Collaborative and its parent company, CyberRisk Alliance, announced a $1 million fund to help organizations whose cybersecurity resources have been affected by the pandemic join the alliance.

NewsLink Spotlight
A Day in the Life of Five Librarians, Part 6
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 May/June 2020 to November/December 2020.

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