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Boost Your Online Presence With the Free Build a Better Library Website Boot Camp
by Larissa Pack
The New Jersey State Library (NJSL) recently created a free online course, Build a Better Library Website Boot Camp, that focuses on how to better plan, test, implement, and update library websites. It discussing the basics of subjects such as user experience (UX) design in a clear, guided format. The boot camp is free and self-paced, allowing those who wish to learn more about the nuances of website design and management to engage with the course material without time constraints.

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New York Is Poised to Be the Second State to Enact Ebook Legislation
Andrew Albanese writes the following in "New York Legislature Passes Library E-Book Bill" for Publishers Weekly: "New York is now the second state to pass a bill that would ensure public libraries the right to license and lend e-books that are available to consumers in the state. After votes on successive days this week in the Assembly and the Senate, the bill crossed the finish line just before the June 10 close of the legislative session and is now headed to Governor Andrew Cuomo's desk."
OverDrive Acquires Kanopy
OverDrive announced the following: "Kanopy and OverDrive will explore how working together will bring benefits to library partners, suppliers and employees through their complementary content and technologies."
NYPL and LYRASIS Expand Their Efforts to Make E-Reading Easier
The New York Public Library (NYPL) and LYRASIS announced the following: "[F]ollowing a two-year collaboration to empower public libraries around the country to gain control over their e-book delivery platforms, [the organizations] will be expanding their efforts on delivering a library driven library empowered ebook platform, pursuing two different opportunities towards the same goal."
IMLS Offers Online Hub for Educators to Get Museums' Resource Kits
IMLS introduced Museums for Digital Learning (MDL), a new online resource center that is geared to K-12 educators. Searchable by subject and grade, it offers activities drawn from the collections of museums of various disciplines, sizes, and geographic regions.
The Scholarly Kitchen Digs Into the Problems With Private Universities
Karin Wulf writes the following in "What Universities Have Wrought: An Interview With Davarian Baldwin" for The Scholarly Kitchen: "Headlines remind us that the crisis of higher education in the United States, in which universities that are squeezed for resources are cutting programs and staff, has accelerated with the COVID-19 pandemic. ... At the same time, another crisis has been long unfolding, mostly out of the headlines except when protests erupt. Mostly, though not exclusively, private universities in cities have expanded their real estate holdings, become substantial and sometimes dominant local (even regional) employers, and turned their security into police departments, all with serious consequences. ..."

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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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