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Maryland's 2021 Library Digital Content Law: A Modest Beginning
by Michael Blackwell,Carmi Parker
Most publishers, including the Big 5, make ebooks and e-audiobooks available for libraries to lend under varying license models. Two events, however, created a need for action. First, in 2018 and 2019, four of the Big 5 made disadvantageous changes requiring libraries to pay much more over time. Second, the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns made physical materials inaccessible and created an unprecedented demand for digital lending. While some publishers eased license terms during the pandemic, such mitigation is temporary.

The Maryland Library Intergovernmental Relations Committee worked with Compass Government Relations Partners and State Senator Nancy King and Delegate Kathleen Dumais to introduce a permanent legislative remedy. The aim is not to undermine copyright or finagle new access at publisher expense. The goal is to ensure that future readers continue to have access as digital formats increase in popularity. Libraries want to sustain today's rich reading ecosystem well into the future, regardless of the format that readers choose.

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'… Publishing’s Cancel Culture Debate Boils Over' by Alison Flood
Alison Flood writes the following for The Guardian: "In the liberal industry of publishing, the tension that exists between profit and morality is nothing new. … But the debate over what should be published has reached a fever pitch."
CCC Rolls Out Certificate Course for Education Stakeholders
Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) introduced Copyright Essentials for K-12, an online, self-paced certificate course offering guidance to U.S. school districts, education technology companies, curriculum developers, and custom publishers.
Ex Libris Enhances Esploro With Smart Harvesting AI
Ex Libris announced the following: "[C]ustomers of the Ex Libris Esploro research information management solution can now use the Esploro Smart Harvesting AI capabilities. With this technology, institutions automatically capture the research output of affiliated scholars and enrich the metadata associated with the output."
An Update From OverDrive on ARPA Funding
OverDrive reports the following on its blog: "To help your library utilize ARPA funding for digital content, we have ... created new tools and workflows in OverDrive Marketplace that enable you to order, track, and report on digital content purchased with these funds."
Chegg Introduces a New Content-Sharing Platform for Educators
Chegg launched Uversity, a platform that allows educators and faculty members (from the U.S., for now) to share their supplemental content (study notes, videos, practice tests, etc.) with Chegg learners.

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Pew Research Center Looks at Where We Are Now
by Brandi Scardilli
NewsBreaks often covers recent surveys and reports from Pew Research Center, "a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world." Its website has 12 topic sections, each showcasing the latest research, which is collected in reports, fact sheets, or other formats that extrapolate respondents' answers to cover the entire U.S. (or other) population. The following are some of the latest 2021 reports.

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