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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Boost Patron Engagement webinar on Jan. 28

As libraries embark on another year of restrictions and restructuring, we continue to explore ways to meet our customers and communities wherever they are. Within the immediate future, we see library offerings continuing to be virtually reimagined. With so many library patrons stuck at home, it is more important than ever to ensure that your library's digital resources are easily accessible in a unified and intuitive way. Aspen Discovery is the best tool to get that content into the hands of your patrons with the least amount of barriers.


ByWater Solutions and Aspen Discovery

Show your patrons that even if your doors are closed, you are still working just as hard as an integral part of the community. New materials are still being processed, virtual programs are still available, on-demand reference is still accessible, and digital resources you are subscribed to are still valuable. Join us as we show how Aspen allows for all of these key offerings to be available in one easy-to-access and attractive interface.

Register now to attend the webinar Boost Patron Engagement Even During a Pandemic.

Join us for this free 60-minute event.

Watch live on Thursday, January 28th, 11AM PT / 2PM ET or view the archived event on-demand.

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What to Expect From the New Supreme Court Term
by George H. Pike
The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to take on major cases in the copyright, patent, and employment law spaces, with questions about how the newly enlarged conservative wing will weigh in on these issues. Arguments have already been held in a case involving whether Google's Android platform illegally infringed software code developed by Oracle. Later in the year, the court will consider whether changes made to patent law designed to combat patent trolls are constitutional or not.

Weekly News Digests
ALA Suggests Ways to Join the 2021 National Day of Racial Healing
ALA issued a press release encouraging libraries to participate in the 2021 National Day of Racial Healing on Jan. 19. Begun in 2016, it is designed to be "a time to reinforce and honor our common humanity while celebrating the distinct differences that make our communities vibrant; acknowledge the deep racial divisions that exist in America and must be overcome and healed; and commit to engaging people from all racial and ethnic groups in genuine efforts to increase understanding, communication, caring and respect for one another."
'The Changing Logics of Scientific Publishing' by Koen Frenken
Koen Frenken, full professor in innovation studies, writes about the "grey areas" of scientific publishing for Leiden Madtrics, the official blog of the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University.
Books Entering the Public Domain in 2021
David Rothman writes about the books entering the public domain this year for TeleRead.
Publishers Weekly Creates a New Book Fair
Ed Nawotka reports that Publishers Weekly is launching a U.S.-based publishing trade fair, to be held virtually May 26–28. The U.S. Book Show will cater to booksellers, librarians, publishers, and literary agents from countries around the world and limit its programming to 5 hours a day to accommodate differing time zones and encourage informal networking.
EveryLibrary Encourages Early Vaccination of Library Workers
EveryLibrary asserts that "library workers in public libraries and academic libraries are essential and should be included in state and local Phase 1b or Phase 1c vaccine distribution plans to protect staff and minimize risk to patrons and users. School librarians are included in plans for the education community and should continue to be prioritized."

NewsLink Spotlight
Faces of Econtent, Part 2
by Nancy Davis Kho
Nancy Davis Kho interviewed people in the econtent field about their jobs and most memorable professional experiences for EContent magazine. This Spotlight has the next round of interviews.

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