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Daily Archives: January 21, 2021

Covid-19 Vaccine: What You Need to Know When You Get the Shot

WSJ [paywall] – Doctors answer questions about preparing for the Covid-19 vaccine: “…Will you get a record of your vaccination? Adults will receive a vaccination card that includes the lot number and name of the administered vaccine along with a reminder to get their second dose. Those going for their second dose will need to bring this card with them. Your vaccination data is also recorded by the vaccine provider and stored electronically, Dr. Boom says. Later, you may need your vaccine document for work or travel purposes…” [This feature is powered by text-to-speech technology.]

See also this guide from Sarasota Memorial Hospital – COVID-19 Vaccines: What You Need to Know

Transforming Metadata into Linked Data to Improve Digital Collection Discoverability

Bahnemann, Greta, Michael Carroll, Paul Clough, Mario Einaudi, Chatham Ewing, Jeff Mixter, Jason Roy, Holly Tomren, Bruce Washburn, and Elliot Williams. 2021. Transforming Metadata into Linked Data to Improve Digital Collection Discoverability: A CONTENTdm Pilot Project. Dublin, OH: OCLC Research. “The project was designed to help the OCLC team and the pilot participants better… Continue Reading

Capitol Attack Was Months in the Making on Facebook

Tech Transparency Project: “Facebook suspended President Trump following the mob attack on Congress. But the platform allowed organizing for the pro-Trump rally, as well as the spread of conspiracy theories and militant extremism that drove the rioters. Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg made headlines for saying the mob attack on the U.S. Capitol was… Continue Reading

It’s Biden’s pandemic now

Politico Nightly: “…This will be the largest mass adult vaccination campaign in U.S. history. And it requires two doses. There is no process to make sure that everyone who got their first dose can and will come back for their second doses. There is no central database tracking who got the vaccine and which one… Continue Reading

The Biden-Harris plan to beat COVID-19

Executive Action – National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness January 21, 2021 (200 page PDF): “The National Strategy provides a roadmap to guide America out of the worst public health crisis in a century. It outlines an actionable plan across the federal government to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including twelve initial executive… Continue Reading

Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel

“…Sec. 2.  Immediate Action to Require Mask-Wearing on Certain Domestic Modes of Transportation. (a)  Mask Requirement.  The Secretary of Labor, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Secretary of Transportation (including through the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)), the Secretary of Homeland Security (including through the Administrator of the Transportation Security… Continue Reading

Executive Order on Ensuring an Equitable Pandemic Response and Recovery

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to address the disproportionate and severe impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on communities of color and other underserved populations, it is hereby ordered as follows: COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force…There is… Continue Reading

Farewell Print Textbook Reserves: A COVID-19 Change to Embrace

Educase Review: “Along with interlibrary loans and book purchases on demand, a high-use and routinely expected service that academic libraries provide to faculty is the course reserves section. In anticipation of students who will be seeking course materials, instructors arrange with their library to acquire this vital educational content and make it available for short… Continue Reading

Executive Order on Establishing the COVID-19 Pandemic Testing Board

Executive Order on Establishing the COVID-19 Pandemic Testing Board and Ensuring a Sustainable Public Health Workforce for COVID-19 and Other Biological Threats – “It is the policy of my Administration to control coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) by using a Government-wide, unified approach that includes: establishing a national COVID-19 testing and public health workforce strategy; working… Continue Reading

Gaps in Trump’s Pardons: How the Biden Administration Can Still Pursue Justice

Just Security – “Former President Donald Trump issued numerous pardons and commutations to friends, family and associates, as well as felons who engaged in heinous crimes involving war crimes, murder, political corruption, and civil rights violations. He seemed to revel in absolving corrupt politicians, corrupt law enforcement officers, and of course, anyone prosecuted by Robert… Continue Reading

Who Joe Biden picked to fill his Cabinet

Washington Post – “President-elect Joe Biden has made his selections for his incoming Cabinet and top White House positions. Cabinet positions — with the exception of the vice president and White House chief of staff — will require Senate approval, which may face significant delays. Biden promised to be “a president for all Americans” and… Continue Reading

21 Reasons for Hope in 2021

Fast Company: “We’re not out of the woods, not yet. One year after the first case of COVID-19 was detected in the U.S., more than 400,000 people have died and thousands of businesses have shuttered. On the political front, our democracy endured a months long campaign to subvert the presidential election, culminating in a violent… Continue Reading