ATG News & Announcements 8/12/20

by | Aug 12, 2020 | 0 comments

ALA Applauds the ACCESS the Internet Act

Information Today notes that ALA has shared that “U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the bipartisan Accelerating Connected Care and Education Support Services on the Internet Act (ACCESS the Internet Act), which includes funding for libraries. The $2 billion legislation addresses immediate gaps in internet access necessary for distance learning and telehealth. The distance learning provision will fuel a two-year, $200 million hotspot pilot program for libraries, to be administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. A minimum allotment of $1.6 million per state will allow states, tribes, and territories to purchase and distribute internet-connected devices to libraries in low-income and rural areas…”

The Medical Library Association Is Working to Conquer COVID-19

Also according to Information Today “The Medical Library Association (MLA) has put together COVID-19 Breaking News & Developments, a website containing frequently updated COVID-19 resources to assist information professionals in finding the most reliable and recent results when researching COVID-19…”

Research Tools: National Archives (NARA) Introduces Presidential Libraries Explorer

Citing the “NARAtions” Blog”, infoDOCKET reports that NARA (National Archive) has announced that “we’ve launched the Presidential Library Explorer – NARA’s second next-generation finding aid, defined as a digital path into the record using data from the National Archives Catalog. This Explorer leverages the amazing work completed over the past two decades by Presidential Library staff…”

University of Oregon Moves to Cover Controversial Murals in Knight Library

Also according to infoDOCKET “in a move to acknowledge conversations about anti-racism taking place around the world amid the Black Lives Matter movement, the University of Oregon has ordered four murals in the Knight Library that contain racist, exclusionary language and imagery to be be covered…”

COVID-19 NEWS: ‘Penguin Random House Extends Temporary E-Book, Digital Audio Terms for Libraries’

Also according to Information TodayAndrew Albanese reports the following for Publishers Weekly: “As the pandemic continues to impact the country, Penguin Random House has announced that it is extending its temporary digital license terms for libraries through December 31, 2020…”

National Library of Medicine (NLM) Seeks Public Comment on Current Strategic Plan, RFI Now Available

In addition, infoDOCKET reports that “the National Library of Medicine (NLM) invites the public to provide input and help shape the continuing implementation of its strategic plan through 2027 by responding to this Request for Information (RFI)...”

Rapid Reviews: COVID-19 Journal Publishes First Preprint Studies

According to this website a “new open access journal from the MIT Press publishes reviews of COVID-19 preprints on the effectiveness of S1-Fc vaccine; neurological side effects of COVID-19; antidepressants and risk of death or intubation; seroprevalence between age groups and sociodemographic differences, and more…”


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