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Weekly News Digest

April 18, 2024 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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A Black Librarian Shares His Experience Advocating for the Freedom of Information

Rodney Freeman writes the following in “I’m a Black Librarian. We’re Being Threatened” for Newsweek:

This National Librarian Day [on April 16], our country is dealing with misinformation and disinformation that threaten democracy and make crystal clear the need for the free flow of accurate information. …

The pursuit of happiness goes hand in hand with the pursuit of knowledge and information, which, in turn, is central to what libraries are all about. This goes to the heart of our jobs as librarians. We will keep up the fight, because it is access to information, not censorship, that fuels a healthy democracy.

I am proud to be a librarian—and rare. Less than 7 percent of librarians in the U.S. are Black. For Black librarians like me, libraries also symbolize the literacy that was denied to so many of our ancestors.

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