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National Library Week: Librarianship as an Occupation and Profession | Inside Adams: Science, Technology & Business

April 8, 2021 by Natalie Burclaff

This post was written by Lynn Weinstein a Business Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division.

Jewish children listening to A Legend of the Northern Lights (N. American Indian) / Beals, N.Y. 1910. Photo: Jessie Tarbox Beals, photographer. Warren Coville Collection of Iconic Photojournalism Images. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Portrait of America. No. 106. Vassar – A famous American college for women. 7 – The Easy-To-Use Library. ca. 1944. Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Photograph Collection, Library of Congress.

I have been teleworking since last March, due to the pandemic, and as I reflect on librarianship as a profession during National Library Week (April 4 – 10, 2021), I consider how we as librarians have tried to serve our greater community and how this has challenged and enhanced our outreach initiatives and skills.

The field of library and information science is filled with professionals passionate about making a positive impact, and dedicating themselves to continuous learning.

As the amount of information available to end users has soared and new technologies have become available, the position of the librarian has changed. Today, there are many paths that individuals can take to explore a passion for library and information science.

Source: National Library Week: Librarianship as an Occupation and Profession | Inside Adams: Science, Technology & Business

What You Can and Can’t Do Once You’re Fully Vaccinated

Here’s what you should and shouldn’t do post-vaccination, according to health experts

by Michelle Crouch, AARP, March 19, 2021 | Comments: 304

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En español | If it has been at least two weeks since you received your last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, congratulations! You are now considered “fully vaccinated.” You are armed with our best weapon against a virus that has killed more than 2.6 million people worldwide and upended our lives in unimaginable ways.

That is truly something worth celebrating.

But before you toss aside your mask and throw a party, it’s important to remember that the coronavirus is still spreading and the majority of Americans have yet to be vaccinated — so precautions continue to be necessary to protect yourself and the people around you.

Source: https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2021/fully-vaccinated.html

Household wealth grew 135% for one income group since 2009

Wealth is rising, but at different rates

The nation is facing a pandemic-fueled economic recession, but so far, household wealth has not decreased the way it did during the Great Recession. What’s different about household wealth now?

USAFacts breaks down how wealth has grown in America since 2009 in this new report.

Source: Household wealth grew 135% for one income group since 2009

Microsoft revealed the latest truths about working from home. One is truly disturbing | ZDNet

As many drift from working from home to a more hybrid model, what has been lost? And who has really, really gained? Microsoft knows things aren’t good.

Solving for the impossible?

By Chris Matyszczyk for Technically Incorrect | April 4, 2021 — 12:00 GMT (05:00 PDT) | Topic: Working from home: How to get remote work right

The headline wasn’t all that promising: “The Next Great Disruption Is Hybrid Work — Are We Ready?”

No, of course we’re not ready. We were never ready for the pandemic. We were never ready for mass working from home. We’re never ready.

This headline came from a company that itself wasn’t exactly ready for working from home, Microsoft. Right beneath its nostrils, a company called Zoom came along and stole hegemony over a means of communication that Microsoft might, itself, have already mastered.

Source: Microsoft revealed the latest truths about working from home. One is truly disturbing | ZDNet

Review: ‘Hemingway’ Is a Big Two-Hearted Reconsideration – The New York Times

Ken Burns’s latest documentary, premiering Monday on PBS, traces the complicated connections between the person, the persona and the stories

Ernest Hemingway at his home in Cuba in the 1940s. A new PBS documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick explores the author’s triumphs and vulnerabilities.Credit…John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

By James Poniewozik, Published April 2, 2021, Updated April 3, 2021, 12:16 a.m.

Hemingway, NYT Critic’s Pick

One of the more unsettling moments in “Hemingway,” the latest documentary from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, finds Ernest Hemingway, big-game hunter, chronicler of violence and seeker of danger, doing one thing that terrified him: speaking on television.

It is 1954, and the author, who survived airplane crashes (plural) earlier that year in Africa, had been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. He agreed to an interview with NBC on the condition that he receive the questions in advance and read his answers from cue cards.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/02/arts/television/review-hemingway-ken-burns.htmlhttps://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/02/arts/television/review-hemingway-ken-burns.html