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Tuesday, March 09, 2021

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Registration NOW OPEN!

Computers in Libraries Connect 2021 brings library and information professionals from all over the world a unique opportunity to gather together and discuss the myriad ways technology continues to impact libraries and the people who use them. You're invited to join us online March 23-25.

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NISO Plus Conference Delivers Global Conversations and Global Connections
by Dave Shumaker
Global Conversations :: Global Connections seems an unlikely theme for a conference held after a year of pandemic lockdown, when people stayed home and travel became a rarity—yet the second annual NISO Plus conference, held Feb. 22–25, delivered exactly what its tagline promised. Along the way, it demonstrated that, travel restrictions notwithstanding, the information world remains as closely connected as ever.

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'Welcome to Sunshine Week 2021!' by Barbie Keiser
Barbie Keiser writes the following in a blog post for Northern Virginia Community College's Loudoun Campus Library: "Sunshine Week is a celebration of the public's right to see U.S. government records. Initiated in 2005, Sunshine Week features events sponsored by groups interested in the public's right to know about its government, including government agencies, news organizations, universities, and libraries."
Creative Commons Web Event Looks at OA and COVID-19
Creative Commons is hosting an online event on March 16, 2021, at 11 a.m. EDT. A New Era of Open? COVID-19 and the Pursuit for Equitable Solutions will "attempt to map out the present and the future of 'open' in the era of COVID-19." ...
TLC Adds New and Updated Features to Its CARL Suite of Products
The Library Corp. (TLC) updated its CARL ILS: CARL-X is on version 9.6.8, CARL-Connect Staff is on version 1.6.4, CARL-Connect Discovery is on version, and CARL-X APIs are on version 1.9.8.
CNN Looks at Libraries and Censorship of Children's Books
Scottie Andrew writes the following in "Libraries Oppose Censorship. So They're Getting Creative When It Comes to Offensive Kids' Books" for CNN: "It's hard to imagine a children's library collection without [certain classic] titles. It's up to librarians, then, to determine whether those books and others with racist content still deserve a spot on their shelves." ...
ALA Endorses FCC's Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
ALA released a statement applauding the Emergency Broadband Benefit program, established Feb. 25, 2021, by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to "provide qualifying households discounts on their internet service bills and an opportunity to receive a discount on a computer or tablet."

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Beyond Coping: Libraries Stepping Up to Meet Community Needs During the Pandemic
by Dave Shumaker
Looking back at the past year, initial coping strategies during the pandemic were good, but not enough. Dedicated, innovative library workers soon realized that they needed to do more. The pandemic, like any other natural or human-caused disaster, had created new community needs. So, librarians began reaching out to their communities and expanding their services. Here are some of the important actions they took.

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