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The Aggregator: News & Emerging Trends for Library Staff: Fast Facts

Added August 2021

Is the Pirate Queen of Scientific Publishing in Real Trouble This Time?   By Tom Bartlett

It’s been a rough few months for Sci-Hub, the beloved outlaw repository of scientific papers. In January its Twitter account, which had more than 180,000 followers, was permanently suspended. In response to a lawsuit brought by publishers, new papers aren’t being added to its library. 



Added June 2021

A third of large U.S. newspapers experienced layoffs in 2020, more than in 2019

Staff layoffs continued to pummel the beleaguered U.S. newspaper industry in 2020. A third of papers with an average Sunday circulation of 50,000 or more experienced layoffs last year, a period complicated by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis which examined news articles that cited staff layoffs at these outlets.

Added May 2021

Community College Research Center FAQS

Did you know that 33% of all U.S. undergraduates attend community colleges? Data about Community Colleges from CCRC at Columbia University's Teacher College.


Added April 2021

Google Earth's biggest update in years adds free 3D timelapse videos - By Cherlynn Low

The effects of climate change and our impact on Earth can be hard to visualize. Thanks to satellite imagery, we've been able to get a better sense of how our actions can affect our planet on a larger scale. For many of us, Google Earth has provided that vantage point of looking at the world in almost real time from outer space. Today, Google is announcing its biggest update to the service since 2017. (Yahoo News)


Global social media Stats - By Datareportal

Our latest data show that there are 4.33 billion social media users around the world at the start of 2021, equating to more than 55 percent of the total global population. (Datareportal)


7 Ways COVID-19 is Accelerating Trends in Higher Education - By Jonathan Fry

At the start of 2020, higher education institutions were bracing for a challenging decade. On the horizon were double-digit demographic swings, a looming economic downturn, steadily increasing demand for online education, shifting student and parent expectations, ever-changing technology and more. 


Added March 2021

Research firm believes ‘Internet of Behaviors’ will be the next big thing - By Hamza Zakir

According to research firm Gartner, the “internet of behaviors”, total experiences, anywhere operations, hyperautomation, and AI engineering will comprise the top strategic technologies for chief information officers in 2021.


Added February 2021

23% of users in U.S. say social media led them to change views on an issue; some cite Black Lives Matter - By Andrew Perrin

Roughly a quarter (23%) of adult social media users in the United States – and 17% of adults overall – say they have changed their views about a political or social issue because of something they saw on social media in the past year, according to a July Pew Research Center survey.

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Added January 2021

Tech Tutor Program Provides Seniors with a Lifeline During Pandemic - By Robert Barnes January 28, 2021

Last March, when the pandemic left everyone in their place and going online to stay connected, older adults, many who live on their own, became even more isolated. Although Zoom, FaceTime, Facebook Messenger video and other apps allowed people to work and stay in touch, many older adults often lacked the technical expertise to use them.


Added December 2020

Food Insecurity Among Students Continues During Pandemic - By Greta Anderson

Nearly one-third of students said they have experienced food insecurity since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey report from (Inside Higher Education)


Added November 2020

Open Access Comes to Selective Journal - By Rick Seltzer

Nature sets article processing charge at the equivalent of $11,250 for researchers selecting open-access publishing. (Inside Higher Education)


Report: Rich Colleges Keep Getting Richer - By Madeline St. Amour

It's known that some policies help the rich get richer, while the poor get poorer. A new report shows the same pattern is affecting institutions of higher education. (Inside Higher Education)


A Guide to Surviving and Thriving at CUNY: A Publication By and For CUNY Students

This guide has three goals: 1) provide a one-stop guide of health, academic, financial, and basic information; 2) offer emotional support and social connections; and 3) encourage all CUNY students to become advocates for themselves and others.


CUNY Arts Compiles Info about Offers for Free Access to Cultural Institutions for CUNY Students, Faculty, and/or Staff


11 Reasons Why The Next Education Secretary Should Come From a Community College: Why community colleges matter most

Reading the IHE piece on 11/11 Speculation Over Biden's Education Secretary, and giving thought to the priorities of ED under Biden, has led me to conclude the following: the next Education Secretary should come from a community college.

Here are 11 reasons why: (Inside Higher Education)


Faculty Members and Basic Needs Insecurity - By Colleen Flaherty

Many faculty members experience the same basic needs insecurity as their students, according to a new research by the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice at Temple University. The study of nearly 550 faculty members at four community colleges and one university found that 38 percent experienced food or housing insecurity, or both. (Inside Higher Education)


One Country, One Collection: Rethinking the role of an open digital library - By Mirela Roncevic

When I lived in Croatia, I managed a project called One Country One Library (OCOL) from 2017 to 2020. The project’s goal was to develop a national platform of books and other publications (including short stories, academic articles and journals, textbooks, audiobooks, educational videos, and podcasts) that would be freely accessible via a website or app within the country’s borders. (American Libraries Magazine)


Shelf Life: Review of Jessica Pressman's Bookishness: Loving Books in a Digital Age - By Scott McLemee

The cartoonist Roz Chast once captured a certain kind of ambient guilt or embarrassment in a single, wordless image on the cover of The New Yorker. It shows a man in an overstuffed chair. Behind him looms an enormous set of built-in bookshelves, crowded floor to ceiling with 200 or 300 volumes. The spine of each book has facial features, and they wear expressions of alarm, confusion, anger, horror, indignation and contempt. (A few look amused.) The man sits -- as you’ve probably guessed by now -- staring at his laptop while wearing a pair of headphones. (Inside Higher Ed)


Gen Z is eroding the power of misinformation - By Stef W. Kight

Gen Z may be more immune to the lure of misinformation because younger people apply more context, nuance and skepticism to their online information consumption, experts and new polling suggests. (Axios)


From ACRL: Pandemic Resources for Academic Libraries [LibGuide]

Updated information, professional development, and resources to support academic and research library personnel during a pandemic. (ACRL)