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Weekly News Digest

September 17, 2020 — 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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Banned Books Week Goes Virtual

ALA announced that this year’s Banned Books Week will be held virtually Sept. 27–Oct. 3. Its theme is Censorship Is a Dead End. Find Your Freedom to Read. “The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has documented threats to intellectual freedom during the pandemic, including a community member who advocated for erotic literature e-books to be banned from the local library; a petition that demanded virtual Drag Queen Story Times be canceled at the library; and the removal of two award-winning books that address police violence and racial discrimination from a required-reading list.”

OIF is promoting a different action for each day of the week:

  • Sunday: Read a banned book 
  • Monday: Speak out about censorship 
  • Tuesday: Create something unrestricted 
  • Wednesday: Express the freedom to read in style 
  • Thursday: Write about your rights 
  • Friday: Watch, listen, and learn from others 
  • Saturday: Thank those who defend the freedom to read every day of the year

“On Sept. 29, SAGE Publishing and OIF will host the free webinar ‘COVID-19 and Academic Censorship,’ which will address e-books, internet control, and open data. The free webinar is limited to the first 1,000 guests.”

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