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How Streaming Platforms Reinforce Inequity in Public Access to Entertainment
by Jessica Hilburn
Accessibility is one of the cornerstones of library service. Without accessibility, patrons from all walks of life cannot learn, be entertained, and simply exist in a space and among materials from their local public institution. Accessibility in media entertainment is increasingly becoming more difficult for libraries to achieve in a streaming-heavy world. Equitable access demands physical materials. Digital is not the panacea, but instead the great divider. Who deserves access to entertainment in the 21st century? If you ask the streaming services, the answer is only those who can afford it.

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'Amazon Publishing in Talks to Offer E-Books to Public Libraries' by Andrew Albanese
Andrew Albanese reports the following for Publishers Weekly (PW): "In what came as a surprise to many librarians and industry observers, a report in The Hill this week revealed that the nonprofit Digital Public Library of America has been in discussions with Amazon Publishing on a potential deal to make Amazon's e-book content available in public libraries. And in a call with PW, DPLA officials confirmed that a deal could be done soon."
Yewno Discover Introduces News Content
Yewno added news content to its Yewno Discover research platform. It offers millions of scholarly books and articles, as well as other content, from academic publishers and now provides more than 40 free-to-read, fully accessible, mainstream news sources that will add recent context and relevancy to the platform's results.
ProQuest Enhances TDM Studio With a Visualization Interface
ProQuest's TDM Studio introduced a new visualization interface that allows researchers with no coding experience to do text and data mining (TDM). It will help students across all academic disciplines analyze large datasets to find trends and patterns.
BiblioCommons Announces Free Registration for Its Library Conference
BiblioCommons' biennial public library conference, BiblioCon '21, to be held virtually Feb. 24–25, 2021, will have complimentary registration for all public library staffers. It will feature interactive sessions, networking events, and more as part of three tracks: Marketing & Strategy, Public Service Online, and BiblioCommons Deep Dive.
More Bill Status Bulk Data Is Available via govinfo
The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) joined forces with the Library of Congress (LC), the U.S. Senate, and the U.S. House of Representatives to release 10 additional years of bill status XML bulk data from 2003 to 2012 on govinfo's bulk data repository. (Data from 2013 to 2020 is already available.)

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Pew Research Center Studies Life During the Pandemic
by Brandi Scardilli
NewsBreaks often covers recent surveys and reports from Pew Research Center, "a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world." This article features some of the latest reports from each section.

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