Always Changing, Always Adapting
by Brandi Scardilli
We know that while Information Today is a newsmagazine, it’s also useful for anyone doing research on the history of the information profession. We bring you the latest products, solutions, trends, and think pieces, aware that eventually they’ll be dated, just like our earliest issues on the wonders of computing. So, we’ve wanted to serve as a historical record of the pandemic—many of our writers have focused on it in the past year, and we’ve shared excerpts from some online coverage. But we also want to give you a break from hearing about it constantly. This issue’s features illustrate that: The first, by Dave Shumaker (page 12), documents libraries’ responses to COVID-19 upending their communities. His in-depth report will appear in the June 2021 edition of Library and Book Trade Almanac. And the second brings you a chronicle of Anthony Aycock’s time in an ever-changing profession, written in his signature narrative style (page 15).
Speaking of ever-changing, Amy Affelt digs into Parler, the beleaguered social network that played a role in allowing violent terrorists to attack the Capitol on Jan. 6 (page 30). Parler’s fate is still undetermined as of this writing, and I think you’ll find Amy’s analysis vital as info pros grapple with information literacy going forward.