When No Public Means No Paycheck

When No Public Means No Paycheck

When my library closed on March 17 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, I was told there would be no work for me until we reopened. I left work early that day so that I could go home and apply for unemployment before the website shut down at 6 p.m. I had received no information from my employer about my financial options in the wake of the closure, only a list of numbers to call for mental health services. I didn’t know what my options were other than applying for unemployment and hoping I would qualify. I am not alone.

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Mystery, Suspense, & Thriller Trends, plus 49 Exciting 2020 Titles

Marlene Harris, Mar 24, 2020
Clear the roster for this year’s crop of mysteries, thrillers, cozies, and suspense.

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Mar 22, 2020
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COVID-19 Resources

Gary Price, Jan 31, 2020
Update from March 16: COVID-19 Reports from the Congressional Research Service; Searchable Video From C-SPAN; and More Added to infoDOCKET Roundup

Library-Related Special Event Cancellations and Changes Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Gary Price, Mar 12, 2020
We are updating this collection as we learn of new cancellations and changes.

Alexandra Chassanoff, Apr 12, 2018
During the week of March 19–23 MIT Libraries convened experts from across disciplines and domains to identify and address grand challenges in the scholarly communication and information science landscape.
Mirco Tonin, Jan 03, 2018
Suppose a librarian receives an email from a man named Greg Walsh, wanting to become a cardholder or simply inquiring about the open hours. Would the librarian reply? And, if so, would the reply be polite, including for instance some form of salutation, such as “Hello” or “Good morning”? Does your answer change if the guy is called Tyrone Washington? Is a librarian treating Jake Mueller differently from DeShawn Jackson?
LJ Reviews, Apr 11, 2018
A detailed look at pain management implementing the use of medical cannabis rather than opioids; A complex look at the issue of opioid abuse backed up with research and first hand stories; A valuable addition to the conversation about addiction filled with case studies illustrating the complexities of the disease
Mahnaz Dar, Jan 20, 2018
Editor Sarah Janssen discusses editing The World Almanac in an age where being attuned to "fake news" is especially vital.
Gary Price, Mar 28, 2020
The paper linked to below has been submitted to STI 2020 (25th International Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators). Title Which Papers Cited Which Tweets? An Empirical Analysis Based on Scopus Data Authors Robin Haunschild Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research Lutz Bornmann Max Planck Society Source via arXiv Abstract Many altmetric studies […]
Gary Price, Mar 28, 2020
From the TPL: Toronto Public Library (TPL) is providing 10 of the library’s Ultimaker 2+ 3D printers for loan to a team at Toronto General Hospital to support their efforts to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline healthcare workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. A team at the Lynn and Arnold Irwin Advanced Perioperative Imaging Lab (APIL) department, […]
Gary Price, Mar 28, 2020
From the University of Illinois News Service: When universities began closing their campuses and going to online classes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, academic librarians were faced with questions about how those decisions would affect libraries and whether to close their doors or restrict access. “People are looking to best practices in the field, […]
Gary Price, Mar 27, 2020
From The Land Portal Foundation: …the Land Portal Foundation is launching an all new database of land and property rights projects. The Land Portal team has been hard at work on this new endeavour for many months, which has come directly from the feedback of our users, who felt we could do better at giving […]
Meredith Schwartz, Mar 16, 2020
When I started writing my editorial for the April issue last week, a mere handful of public libraries had closed to contain the spread of COVID-19, though many had canceled public programming. Less than a week later, nearly 500 have closed to the public. But there are more than 9,000 public library systems in the United States—and we should close all of them. Today, not in two weeks when the April issue lands on your desk.

Erica Freudenberger, Mar 16, 2020
As recommendations to slow the spread of COVID-19 across the country become common knowledge, public events have been canceled, public schools have closed, and calls for social distancing to flatten the curve have become the norm. But some libraries remain divided on whether to remain open but suspend public programming, outreach, or meeting room rentals; limit hours; or close entirely.

Erica Freudenberger, Mar 13, 2020
In Seattle, WA, considered by many to be Ground Zero for the coronavirus in the United States, directors have have been modeling how libraries can deal with a public health crisis calmly and compassionately. 

Gary Price, Mar 12, 2020
We are updating this collection as we learn of new cancellations and changes.

Neal Wyatt,  Mar 27, 2020
Hachette and Macmillan have issued statements that they will not attend BookExpo. That means all five of the biggest publishers are out. Barnes & Noble temporarily closes more than 400 stores. Three book-based shows come to TV today: Vagrant Queen, Baghdad Central, and Dragons: Rescue Riders: Hunt for the Golden Dragon. EarlyWord updates its Diversity Titles list.

Lisa Peet,  Mar 27, 2020
Despite many other activities being on hold this month, voting for the American Library Association (ALA) 2021–22 presidential campaign opened on March 9, and ALA members in good standing can cast their ballots through April 1. LJ invited candidates Patricia “Patty” M. Wong, city librarian at Santa Monica Public Library, CA, and Steven Yates, assistant director of the University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies, Tuscaloosa, to weigh in on some key issues pertaining to ALA and librarianship.

Barbara Hoffert,  Mar 26, 2020
Away from beach-ready summer and holiday-focused fall, debut novels tend to flourish in the early months of the year, and this year is no exception.

Lisa Peet,  Mar 26, 2020
On the evening of March 24, the American Library Association (ALA) announced that the 2020 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition, scheduled for June 25–30 in Chicago, has been canceled because of concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be the first time the Annual conference has not been held in 75 years; the last cancellation was in 1945, during World War II.

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