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Business as (Un)Usual: Library Business Continuity Amid COVID-19

Via LLRXBusiness as (Un)Usual: Library Business Continuity Amid COVID-19Ellyssa Valenti Kroski, Director of Information Technology/Marketing, The New York Law Institute, shares proactive steps her organization took to transition to a remote workplace during the pandemic, the technology and processes they implemented, and important tips for preparing your own library.

U.S. Government: Update Chrome 80 Now, Multiple Security Concerns Confirmed

Forbes: “…Here’s what you need to know. CISA, a standalone federal agency under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) oversight, is responsible for protecting “the Nation’s critical infrastructure from physical and cyber threats.” In an April 1 posting, CISA confirmed that Google Chrome Version 80.0.3987.162 “addresses vulnerabilities that an attacker could exploit to take… Continue Reading

Google Searches Can Help Us Find Emerging Covid-19 Outbreaks

The New York Times – They can also reveal symptoms that at first went undetected. I may have found a new one.”…To see the potential information lying in plain sight in Google data, consider searches for “I can’t smell.” There is now strong evidence that anosmia, or loss of smell, is a symptom of Covid-19,… Continue Reading

Public Libraries’ Novel Response to a Novel Virus

The Atlantic – “America’s public libraries have led the ranks of “second responders,” stepping up for their communities in times of natural or manmade disasters, like hurricanes, floods, shootings, fires, and big downturns in individual lives. Throughout all these events, libraries have stayed open, filling in for the kids when their schools closed; offering therapeutic… Continue Reading

The Uncensored Library built within Minecraft

Reporters Without Borders – [see  also this YourTube video] “On March 12, the “World Day Against Cyber Censorship”, The Uncensored Library [built by BlockWorks] opened its doors. Providing access to independent information to young people around the world through a medium they can playfully interact with. Journalists from five different countries now have a place… Continue Reading

Tracking spread of novel coronavirus, the Social Distancing of America, Toll on Traveling

Tracking the spread of the novel coronavirus – Sources: Local state agencies; Local media; World Health Organization; China National Health Commission; The Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at John Hopkins University. By Gurman Bhatia. Research by Cate Cadell | REUTERS GRAPHICS See also via Reuters Graphics – The social distancing of America –… Continue Reading

FPF Offers New Resources on Privacy and Pandemics

“Today, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) released a collection of  new publications and resources to help governments, educators, researchers, companies, and other organizations navigate essential privacy questions regarding the response to the coronavirus pandemic. Global leaders responding to the coronavirus pandemic are increasingly relying on data from individuals and communities to analyze the virus’… Continue Reading

A Feature on Zoom Secretly Displayed Data From People’s LinkedIn Profiles

The New York Times – After an inquiry from Times reporters, Zoom said it would disable a data-mining feature that could be used to snoop on participants during meetings without their knowledge. “For Americans sheltering at home during the coronavirus pandemic, the Zoom videoconferencing platform has become a lifeline, enabling millions of people to easily… Continue Reading

Virtual Dives – An immersive 360 view of your national marine sanctuaries

NOAA: “Immerse yourself in the ocean and your national marine sanctuaries without getting wet! These virtual reality voyages use 360-degree images to highlight the amazing habitats, animals, and cultural resources you can find in each national marine sanctuary. Select which sanctuary you want to visit, scroll through the gallery, and click on a panorama to start… Continue Reading

How Americans perceive the outbreak and view media coverage differ by main news source

Cable TV and COVID-19: “Coverage of COVID-19 has dominated the news and resulted in skyrocketing ratings for the nation’s cable news networks. And according to a survey conducted March 10-16, 2020, as a part of Pew Research Center’s Election News Pathways project, responses to that coverage and the pandemic itself vary notably among Americans who… Continue Reading

NYC launches portal to crowdsource COVID-19 information

StateScoop – “New York City’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications this week launched a new website aimed at getting residents to contribute to the city’s response to the novel coronavirus pandemic by self-reporting symptoms or encounters with people who may have been diagnosed with the COVID-19 illness. The “NYC COVID-19 Engagement Portal” is designed… Continue Reading