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How to Use Social Media Tools to Identify Accounts and Content of Interest
by Sophia Guevara
Have you ever been asked to take part in a project for which you have to identify social media accounts or posts of interest? For example, you may be looking for profiles with enough clout to see if they may be candidates for partnership with your organization. Or you may be researching mentions of your organization and determining the number of positive, negative, and neutral posts. Let's take a look at several resources that can help you get on your way with your research project.

Weekly News Digests
Elizabeth Warren to Speak at the U.S. Book Show
Publishers Weekly's U.S. Book Show (May 25–27) added another speaker, building on the announcements from earlier in the week. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will give a talk on May 27 at 10:30 a.m. EDT.
OverDrive Is Making the American Rescue Plan Act Work for Libraries
OverDrive published a blog post, "Using American Rescue Plan Act Funds for Purchase of Digital Books for US Libraries," which states the following: "Over the past several weeks, we here at OverDrive have been in dialog with leadership from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), and top publishing houses to learn the details of and help facilitate how U.S. libraries can use funds under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) for digital books and materials."
APA Shares Statement on Derek Chauvin's Guilty Verdict
Jennifer F. Kelly, president of the American Psychological Association, released the following statement in the wake of Derek Chauvin's trial, in which he was found guilty of murdering George Floyd: "The American Psychological Association believes the jury reached the correct decision. It is right that Derek Chauvin is being held accountable, as should every person and system in the nation that supports or reinforces racism."
Kanopy Increases Its Criterion Collection Offerings
Kanopy added nearly 60 films from The Criterion Collection to its platform. Now there are more than 500 films from the collection available for academic institutions to stream via Kanopy.
The Urban Libraries Council's New Leadership Brief Is a Guide to Anti-Racism
The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) unveiled a new Leadership Brief, sponsored by Gale: Anti-Racist Executive Leadership for Public Libraries, which "examines the deep roots and enduring harm of structural racism in public libraries and challenges library executives to take on a more active, intentional and accountable role in strengthening their libraries as anti-racist institutions."

NewsLink Spotlight
The Next Normal: The Post-Pandemic Future of Library Services
by Dave Shumaker
As winter turns to spring turns to summer, hope has been rising that the COVID-19 pandemic will subside before many more months have passed. Everyone is beginning to imagine—and plan for—the post-pandemic future. What will it be like? When it comes to library services, it's hard to think that we'll simply return to prepandemic business as usual. Instead of a return to the old normal, or even a new normal, we may experience "the next normal."

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