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Weekly News Digest

September 8, 2022 — 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.

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'From Book Stacks to Psychosis and Food Stamps, Librarians Confront a New Workplace' by Rachel Scheier

Rachel Scheier writes the following for Salon:

Libraries have long been one of society’s great equalizers, offering knowledge to anyone who craves it. As public buildings, often with long hours, they also have become orderly havens for people with nowhere else to go. In recent years, amid unrelenting demand for safety-net services, libraries have been asked by community leaders to formalize that role, expanding beyond books and computers to providing on-site outreach and support for people living on the streets. In big cities and small towns, many now offer help accessing housing, food stamps, medical care, and sometimes even showers or haircuts. Librarians, in turn, have been called on to play the role of welfare workers, first responders, therapists, and security guards.

Librarians are divided about those evolving duties. Although many embrace the new role … others feel overwhelmed and unprepared for regular run-ins with aggressive or unstable patrons.

For more information, read the article.

AALL Launches the Online Legal Information Resources Platform

The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) created the Online Legal Information Resources (OLIR) platform, “a new resource for information professionals—law librarians, legal information professionals, and public librarians—and members of the public to easily locate online primary legal materials” pertaining to U.S. states; Washington, D.C.; U.S. territories; the U.S. federal government; and Canada.

The OLIR features “links to session laws, statutory codes, registers, administrative codes, and court opinions. To help users easily identify reliable online sources, the OLIR contains information about whether the legal materials are official, authentic, preserved, and copyrighted. The OLIR also includes contact information for state and local public law libraries, covering whether services to incarcerated people are provided.”

For more information, read the press release.

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W3C Working Group Publishes Geolocation API as a Recommendation

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) announced that “The Devices and Sensors Working Group has published Geolocation API as a W3C Recommendation. The Geolocation API provides access to geographical location information associated with the hosting device.”

For more information, read the news item.

University of Texas Study Shows 'Sharing on Social Media Makes Us Overconfident in Our Knowledge'

Susan M. Broniarczyk, professor of marketing; Adrian Ward, assistant professor of marketing; and Frank Zheng, a marketing doctoral alum, all from the University of Texas–Austin’s McCombs School of Business, found in a recent set of studies that, per a news release, “Sharing news articles with friends and followers on social media can prompt people to think they know more about the articles’ topics than they actually do. … Social media sharers believe that they are knowledgeable about the content they share, even if they have not read it or have only glanced at a headline. Sharing can create this rise in confidence because by putting information online, sharers publicly commit to an expert identity. Doing so shapes their sense of self, helping them to feel just as knowledgeable as their post makes them seem.”

The studies’ results are published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology.

For more information, read the news release.

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