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Tuesday, January 19, 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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OpenAI and Microsoft Work to Balance Open Ideals With Complex Realities
by Nancy K. Herther
There has been a pivotal change in OpenAI's approach—from true OA to a more controlled release. The chairman and CTO notes, "We realized that as these things get powerful, they're dual-use … and that we as technology developers have a responsibility to not just say, 'Hey, we built this thing, it's up to the world to decide how to use it.'" By continuing to control the source code, OpenAI can guarantee that it remains an open but stable AI development system.

Weekly News Digests
'Amazon Sued Over Its Dominance of the eBook Market (Finally)' by Nate Hoffelder
Nate Hoffelder writes the following for The Digital Reader: "News broke this week that Amazon is being sued for colluding with five major publishers to inflate prices. The case was filed by the same law firm that lead the lawsuit against the Price Fix Six back in 2011."
EDUCAUSE Webinar Looks at Chief Privacy Officers in Higher Ed
EDUCAUSE is hosting a webinar, The Rise of the Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) in Higher Ed, on Jan. 28 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST. It "will focus on the evolving role of the Chief Privacy Officer [and] explore recent research findings. ..."
'Elsevier Flips 160 Journals to Open Access' by Jamie Durrani
Jamie Durrani, science correspondent for Chemistry World, reports the following: "Commercial publishing giant Elsevier is converting 160 subscription-based journals to fully open access models. The move comes as the European open access initiative Plan S enters a crucial new stage."
Gale Studies How This School Year Is Going
Gale published a blog post, "How Is the 2020-21 School Year Going? Educators Share How They're Addressing the Gaps," which reports the following: "Some of the most common words educators used to describe the current school year are innovative, disconnected, busy, calm, and chaotic."
'How Teamwork Busts the Three Biggest Myths About Library Advocacy' by Stephen Wyber
Stephen Wyber, manager of policy and advocacy at IFLA, writes the following for OCLC's Next blog: "I'd like to make the case that there are three 'big myths' about library advocacy that you need to jettison right now."

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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