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November 25, 2021 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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AALL Studies the Current State of the Legal Information Profession

The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) released the results of a survey on salaries, benefits, and staffing in the legal information profession (titled “2021 AALL Biennial Salary Survey & Organizational Characteristics”). Its press release states:

The 15th edition of the survey report provides the only comprehensive, comparative salary information designed by and for legal information professionals serving in academic, law firm/corporate, and government settings. The 2021 AALL Salary Survey continues to be updated based on the current environment. …

The 2021 AALL Salary Survey found that the average salary for reference/research law librarians was $91,431 in firm/corporate, $74,227 in academic, and $71,393 in government law libraries. Additionally, the average annual salary for a director or chief law librarian was $162,558 in academia, $144,460 in firm/corporate, and $107,255 in government law libraries.

The AALL Salary Survey has been tracking expenditures on electronic resources since the 1990s, and the 2021 findings showed that those expenses continue to claim a greater portion of the budget for all three types of law libraries relative to 2019. On average, firm/corporate law libraries used 85 percent of their total information budgets on electronic resources, while academic and government law librarians spent 59 and 34 percent, respectively.

For more information, read the press release.

Adam Matthew Digital Unveils the Research Methods Primary Sources Learning Tool

Adam Matthew Digital launched Research Methods Primary Sources, a new online resource that help students engage with primary source materials. The company states the following:

Introducing the key approaches and methodologies of working with source material, the resource provides practical advice and instruction from experts around the world to provide foundational guidance on where students can find historical documents, the questions they might want to pose and how best to conduct their own research and analysis of materials. …

Used alongside existing Adam Matthew collections, or as a stand-alone resource, Research Methods Primary Sources has been designed with flexibility to integrate into a classroom setting or assigned for independent study and is arranged into three distinct areas of focus: Learning Tools, Case Studies, and Practice Sources.

Comprising video interviews, how-to guides, and essays from scholars and librarians working across the globe, it features over 100 individual case studies and more than 300 historical items drawn from 50 archives, providing opportunities for students to employ their new skills and knowledge to critically evaluate sources.

For more information, read the press release.

'Bingeing Our Way Into 2022' by Jen Heuer Scott

NoveList marketing specialist Jen Heuer Scott posted the following on the company’s blog:

[During the pandemic,] I suddenly found myself craving the comfort of a good binge. I watched it all—past and present, silly or serious, squeaky clean or blood-filled. No show or steaming service was safe. American Horror StoryDownton AbbeyGame of ThronesInsecureSchitt’s Creek, all incarnations of The Walking Dead, and much, much more. If nothing else, I can say that COVID prepared me to dominate both trivia night and the zombie apocalypse. …  

Our NoveList librarians are always looking for ways to give you more and better ways to connect your patrons to books they will love. This is even more important in the age of bingeing. What do you do when current or potential patrons come stumbling through your doors, eyes bleary from that 20-hour binge of Stranger Things, wondering what they could possibly read? Time to turn to our super popular For Fans Of Recommended Reads lists, which each feature 20 or so titles connected to tv shows, movies, games, and music that people can’t get enough of. Our team has been extremely busy adding new lists over the last 18 months, reflecting that bingeing is here to stay for at least a little while longer. 

For more information and a list of other ways to reach out to library patrons about the shows they’re bingeing, read the blog post.

'The US Government Just Launched a Big Push to Fill Cybersecurity Jobs Ö' by Liam Tung

Liam Tung writes the following for ZDNet:

The US Department of Homeland Security [DHS], a key cybersecurity agency, has just announced a new system that will help it recruit, develop and retrain cybersecurity pros in the federal government. 

The DHS’s new recruitment system, dubbed the Cybersecurity Talent Management System (CTMS), launches amid a tight labor market for cybersecurity professionals who are in extremely high demand and can therefore command big salaries. …

It hopes the new system will help it hunt for and can keep talent for mission critical-critical roles, with the aim of hiring 150 priority roles across 2022. …

The first roles to be filled using CTMS will be ‘high-priority’ jobs at CISA and the DHS Office of the chief information officer. Then in 2022, DHS Cybersecurity Service jobs will be available across several DHS agencies with a cybersecurity mission, says DHS.

The CTMS salary range has an upper limit of the vice president’s salary ($255,800 in 2021), plus an extended range for use in limited circumstances, which has an upper limit of $332,100 in 2021.

For more information, read the article.

NISO Has a New Recommended Practice Covering Content Platform Migrations

NISO (National Information Standards Organization) published a new Recommended Practice, NISO RP-38-2021, Content Platform Migrations, “which provides guidance to improve processes and communication between all parties, with suggested steps involved before, during, and after the migration of content from one platform to another.” The press release continues:

Content platforms, either developed by publishers themselves, or licensed from platform vendors, enable libraries and their patrons to access and interact with scholarly content. Every year, for a variety of reasons, publishers move their content from one platform to another. Making migrations as smooth as possible—with no broken links, loss of functionality, interruptions in access, or loss of customer information—significantly benefits librarians, publishers, service providers, and users alike. This new Recommended Practice, developed by the librarians, publishers, and content platform providers on the Content Platform Migrations Working Group, intends to streamline the process and clarify the communications needed to ensure seamless transitions. The final version incorporates feedback received from the wider community during the public comment period earlier this year. 

For more information, read the press release.

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