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Weekly News Digest

June 6, 2023 — 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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The Scholarly Kitchen Blog Weighs In on How Publishers Should Respond to Book Bans

Todd A. Carpenter, executive director of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), writes the following in “The Publishing Community Should More Actively Oppose Book Bans” for The Scholarly Kitchen:

[I]n a court filing against a school district in Florida, a brave band of authors, parents, PEN America, and a single publisher, Penguin Random House (PRH) have entered the fray. Many [others] in the publishing community should stand up behind them. …

The plaintiffs describe what by all accounts appears to be a coordinated campaign across dozens of states, generally targeting a small subset of the few millions of books published each year. … One might dismiss those few hundred books as ‘fringe titles, full of obscene or problematic materials unfit for children’ that might be best kept from schools. Without acquiescing on that point, the problem is that these processes are increasingly being directed at an ever wider range of content.

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