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As our nation’s libraries celebrate Preservation Week (April 24–30), it is important to nurture the stories of those on the front lines fighting to save our planet. This year’s Preservation Week theme is “Preservation in the Face of Climate Change.” Celebrating the concept of climate resiliency, Preservation Week 2022 highlights the effects of climate change on our shared cultural heritage materials. This year’s honorary chair is Elizabeth Yeampierre, executive director of the Brooklyn-based Latinx community organization UPROSE. on digital preservation’s impact on the environment....

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Tiffany Haddish

Comedian, actor, and author Tiffany Haddish has been added to the slate of speakers at the , to be held June 23–28 in Washington, D.C. Haddish will discuss her debut picture book, Layla, The Last Black Unicorn, cowritten by Jerdine Nolen and illustrated by Jessica Gibson. Inspired by Haddish’s own life, the book is about a lovable but awkward unicorn who doesn’t quite fit in with the other unicorns....

ALA Conference Services, Apr. 21

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Andrew Albanese writes: “In a move that has alarmed library supporters, a new law in Kentucky will give politicians control over local library boards in the state. According to a report in the Lexington Herald-Leader, —which came back from the dead last week with a dramatic veto override—will empower local politicians to ‘appoint whomever they want to library boards and block major library spending.’” The law is scheduled to take effect in January 2023....

Publishers Weekly, Apr. 18

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Veronica Arellano Douglas writes: “One of my favorite days of the academic year is . The Honors College and the Libraries collaborate to showcase undergraduate student research done through various scholarship programs, experiential learning programs, and independent research with faculty mentors. As I listened to a student talk about their work researching Spanish language newspapers in the US during the 1918 influenza pandemic, I wondered what it would take to expand this kind of excitement and enthusiasm for research to a wider group of students.”...

ACRLog, Apr. 22; University of Houston

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Kim Lyons writes: “A federal appeals court has denied a request for a rehearing on its January decision that upholds California’s net neutrality law. The 2018 law, widely considered the strongest in the US, was signed into law a year after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) . That order had that prohibited internet service providers from throttling or blocking legal websites and apps, and banned ISPs from prioritizing paid content.”...

The Verge, Apr. 21, Dec. 14, 2017, Feb. 26, 2015

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Kate Ruane writes: “During March 2022, US Senators Patrick Leahy and Thom Tillis introduced the (SMART Copyright Act). The bill is deceptively simple. It would require the Library of Congress to mandate that online platforms use certain ‘technical measures’ (in essence, automated systems) to identify infringing content. Its simplicity masks its dangers, however. Though the Wikimedia Foundation agrees that technical measures to identify potentially infringing works can be useful in some circumstances, we sent a letter to the bill’s sponsors letting them know that we oppose it.”...

Diff, Apr. 20

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Jim Zarroli writes: “Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine serves as the center of the Ukrainian book industry, and when Russia began raining bombs down on the city in February, many of its scrappy publishers were forced to pull up stakes and flee. But Galina Padalko is confident that they will return. Too much is at stake to stay away. ‘We have one dream, to return to Kharkiv and continue our work in our hometown. And, of course, we all know that we will win. In our books, good always triumphs over evil,’ says Padalko, chief communications officer at Vivat Publishing House.”...

NPR, Apr. 19

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Patrick Kariuki writes: “Social media platforms are battling to hold onto their audiences as new platforms are created. And in this fight, content is king, and content creators are the kingmakers. Because Instagram is a primarily audiovisual platform, it is in a particularly precarious position, as new players like TikTok and old players like YouTube keep finding new ways to eat into its user base. To fight back, Instagram has announced changes to how it will reward original content. If you are an Instagram creator, here’s what you need to know.”...

MakeUseOf, Apr. 22

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An anonymous author writes: “As a first-time manager in a predominantly white, large academic library, I have learned a few things on what to do, how to be, and what is required to succeed as a woman of color library manager. The lessons learned will stay with me for a long time, but this is an attempt to remind myself (and possibly warn others) of what it takes to succeed if you’re BIPOC and you find yourself as a first-time manager in an academic library setting.”...

WOC+lib, Apr. 20

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Sandy Writtenhouse writes: “Typing text in a Google Sheets cell is simple. But what if you want to edit that text to include more and apply it to multiple cells? Using a couple of different methods, you can add text using a formula. If you search the web, you’ll find that there are multiple ways to substitute, change, or replace . But if you want to simply add to existing text there are a few quick and easy formulas.”...

How-To Geek, Apr. 23, Dec. 11, 2021

Stacks of true crime books

Sam Holland writes: “At this precise moment, there are over 100,000 true crime books listed on Amazon. The choice is mind-blowing. I cannot claim to have read even a fraction of these, but I know from experience that some are incredible. When I was writing The Echo Man, I made my way through over two dozen serial killer biographies, and many more on the subject of criminology and psychopathy. I demolished true crime podcasts and countless documentaries; I must be one of few who sit through these with a notebook. So, here are my favorites.”...

CrimeReads, Apr. 18

April Ludgate reading

Addison Rizer writes: “Recently, I dove back into the world of Parks and Recreation. On this rewatch I was drawn to April Ludgate. While on the outside, her who-cares attitude and intentional lack of competency along with her less-than-agreeable general disposition shine through. But when I took a moment to notice what was going on in the background, I saw our beloved April Ludgate might show an interest in something we all do here: reading! While I know if she were asked if she liked reading, the answer would be some insult about nerdiness, in the background, her actions prove otherwise.”...

Book Riot, Apr. 20

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