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Weekly News Digest

June 20, 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.

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The New York Times Gives Black Librarians Their Due

Jennifer Schuessler writes the following in “How Black Librarians Helped Create Generations of Black Literature” for The New York Times:

[I]ncreasingly, scholars are … uncovering the important role of the women who often ran … libraries, where they built collections and—just as important—communities of readers. …

Many were among the first Black women to attend library school, where they learned the tools and the systems of the rapidly professionalizing field. On the job, they learned these tools weren’t always suited to Black books and ideas, so they invented their own.

At times, they battled overt and covert censorship that would be familiar in today’s climate of rising book bans and restrictions on teaching so-called divisive concepts. But whether they worked in world-famous research collections or modest public branch libraries, these pioneers saw their role as not just about tending old books but also about making room for new people and new ideas.

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