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Information Today
Vol. 37 No. 6 — September 2020
Virtually Engaged
by Brandi Scardilli

Virtual conferences are the star this issue. Going to them isn’t as exciting as traveling somewhere new, and they lose something without the (formal and informal) in-person conversations. But as you’ll see, we think they have a lot of value.

Terry Ballard shares his experience at BookExpo, which was one of the first big conferences to announce participant cancellations, then postponement, then modification (page 8). Dave Shumaker attended the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) conference, which altered its dates to better cater to the work-from-home crowd, but ironically didn’t have to change its theme (page 10). I tackled ALA’s virtual event, which had technical problems to overcome before it could settle into a successful examination of the current state of the world—social justice was always going to be the focus, whether in-person or online (page 12).

Also in this issue: Anthony Aycock gives info pros a primer on 2D graphic design (page 18). LiteByte gets a guest co-author this issue as it explores the online buddy system for those who are unable to socialize in person (page 20). And Mick O’Leary reviews a qualified immunity (QI) database (page 30). In EContent, starting on page 32, you’ll learn about recycling content, contradictory COVID-19 data, and mistakes in technology investment.

Happy reading. Brandi Scardilli

Brandi Scardilli is Editor of Information Today and Newsbreaks. Send your comments about this article to
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