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Here’s how to read for free while social distancing

Chicago Tribune: “In the past week, publishers and audio entertainment companies have offered a deluge of free e-books and audiobooks to keep readers of all ages engaged while they’re hunkered down at home. Parents, teachers and kids can choose from electronic editions of beloved stories such as Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” Ann McGovern’s “Stone Soup,” Jack… Continue Reading

Can Teachers Read Books Out Loud Online? Actually, Yes.

EdSurge: “The first image many people have of school is a circle of small children, sitting cross-legged, paying attention (or not) to an adult reading a book aloud and showing pictures to the class. Indeed, presidents and sports stars choose exactly this photo op when visiting schools. And teachers across the country reenact the scene… Continue Reading

COVID-19 investment in museums and libraries

Federal Government Invests $50M in Museums, Libraries to Address Digital Divide: “The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced that the President has signed the CARES Act, which designates $50 million in coronavirus response funding for IMLS. Following passage in the House of Representatives earlier today, both chambers of Congress approved of the Coronavirus… Continue Reading

National Emergency Library to Provide Digitized Books to Students and Public

Internet Archive Blogs: “To address our unprecedented global and immediate need for access to reading and research materials, as of today, March 24, 2020, the Internet Archive will suspend waitlists for the 1.4 million (and growing) books in our lending library by creating a National Emergency Library to serve the nation’s displaced learners. This suspension… Continue Reading

COVID-19, Copyright, and Library Superpowers

Kyle K. Courtney, COVID-19, Copyright, & Library Superpowers (Part I), KyleCourtney.com (March 11, 2020): “If you work in any of the higher ed institutions that are preparing to move online – maybe your copyright world has exploded in a range of questions on fair use, e-reserves, online access, scanning, digitization, and more! I am sure… Continue Reading

Little Free Libraries share food and paper goods with neighbors

Mental Floss – via LitHub: “Across the nation, people are stocking their Little Free Libraries with food, toilet paper, and other necessities as a creative way to lend a helping hand to neighbors in need without breaking the rules of social distancing. Many of the makeshift pantries encourage people to pay it forward with handwritten… Continue Reading

Free Webinar Thursday: Business Sources from the Federal Government

“In this free webinar, we will discuss why Government Information is sometimes better than commercially-available business information. We’ll also talk about the differences between the public domain and open access; when to use Government information; how to identify the types and uses of business information from the Federal Government; and how to create local, business-specific… Continue Reading

The case for books as “essential” in a time of pandemic

Quartz – “Food, water, and medicine are obvious essentials right now. We rely on these things to survive. Technically, however, we don’t need lots of the other stuff that was a given before the coronavirus pandemic made shut-ins of a huge chunk of the global population. Thus, what is essential has become a matter of great… Continue Reading

Readers stuck at home need books and community. Here’s how to access them.

Washington Post – “If there’s a silver lining to the sudden need to hunker down as the novel coronavirus upends normal life, it’s that maybe — finally — you’ll have time to read. Provided you have enough books. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to access new reading material without leaving the house, and to… Continue Reading

Now Is the Time for Open Access Policies Here’s Why

Creative Commons: “Over the weekend, news emerged that upset even the most ardent skeptics of open access. Under the headline, “Trump vs Berlin” the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported that President Trump offered $1 billion USD to the German biopharmaceutical company CureVac to secure their COVID-19 vaccine “only for the United States.” In response, Jens… Continue Reading