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Open Knowledge and Social Justice: An Interview With SPARC's Heather Joseph
by Dave Shumaker
Heather Joseph, executive director of SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), was the 2021 recipient of the Miles Conrad Award from NISO (National Information Standards Organization), and she delivered the annual Miles Conrad lecture at this year's NISO Plus conference. We spoke shortly after the conclusion of the conference.

Weekly News Digests
U.S. Book Show Shares Plans for Panels and a Notable Speaker
Publishers Weekly released news about its upcoming U.S. Book Show, a new, virtual, 3-day conference and trade fair for the book industry to be held May 25–27, 2021.
Springer Nature's BookSubmarine Streamlines Publication of Theses and Dissertations
Springer Nature launched the BookSubmarine portal, which helps authors from all academic disciplines submit their dissertations or postdoctoral theses for publication and keep tabs on the status of their contracts and submissions.
Advancing Diversity Week Will Advocate for Inclusion in Media and Advertising
MediaVillage and AdvancingDiversity.org are organizing a virtual Advancing Diversity Week, with the theme From Inclusion to Belonging, to be held Sept. 20–23, 2021.
'Libraries and Pandemics: Past and Present' by Julia Skinner
Julia Skinner writes the following for the JSTOR Daily newsletter: "In 1918, ... a pandemic began to sweep the globe, killing millions. Libraries across the U.S. helped people stay informed, entertained, and cared for as they disseminated information and resources, shifted their services, and re-imagined how they brought collections to the communities they served."
EFF and DuckDuckGo Partner for More Secure Internet Browsing
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) updated its HTTPS Everywhere browser extension with rulesets from DuckDuckGo's Smarter Encryption technology. EFF notes, "With more domain coverage in Smarter Encryption, HTTPS Everywhere users are provided even more protection."

NewsLink Spotlight
A Librarian Takes on Oscars 2021: The Diversity We Deserve (From the Year That We Didn't)
by Jessica Hilburn
The 2021 Oscar nominations are here, and boy, do we have some things to talk about. As the dust settled on the 2020 Oscars ceremony, little did we know that the films of the year ahead were going to be seen from the comfort of our homes, or not at all, because of a global pandemic. Despite not being able to go to theaters for risk of potential death, 2020 managed to deliver countless truly great films, some of which were nominated by the mostly older, white male panel of Oscar voters for awards.

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