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Tuesday, February 01, 2022

Celebrate Black History Month 

One way to honor the intent of the month is to consume content by Black creators. May we suggest ...

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Quinta Brunson's sweet sitcom, Abbott Elementary

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Phil Augusta Jackson's hangout sitcom Grand Crew, featuring the hysterical Nicole Byer

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author Farrah Rochon, whose The Boyfriend Project series celebrates female friendships

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The Category Is ... podcast, hosted by Maurice Smith, which covers current events and Black culture

Beyond Banning: New Challenges to the Right to Read
by Amy Affelt
I have been hearing and reading this adage from Jo Godwin since before I went to library school: "A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone." For information professionals, our mission is to provide impartial, nonjudgmental access to materials. At the same time, we are pretty used to content challenges and attempts to ban books. Interestingly, according to Deborah Caldwell-Stone, executive director of ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom, ... 2021 saw an unprecedented volume of challenges, including a 60% increase in the month of September alone. Furthermore, the types of challenges being brought forward are unprecedented as well.

Weekly News Digests
Apple Celebrates Black History Month With Exclusive Content and Curated Collections
Apple announced that across its product line, it is spotlighting Black businesses and innovations—and amplifying Black voices—in honor of Black History Month. Here are some examples.
Two More States Attempt Library Ebook Bills
Andrew Albanese writes the following for Publishers Weekly: "Illinois has become the latest state to introduce a library e-book bill, with state legislators last week introducing the Equitable Access to Electronic Literature Act. In addition, Rhode Island legislators have re-introduced their library e-book bill in the new legislative session after a previous effort stalled last year."
ALA and ATALM Applaud FCC for Expanding E-rate to Tribal Libraries
ALA issued a press release praising the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for its unanimous decision to expand E-rate program eligibility to tribal libraries. This means they will be allowed to join the federal program that offers libraries and schools up to a 90% discount on telecommunication and internet access costs.
Kudos and Impact Science Launch the Coronavirus Knowledge Cooperative
Kudos and Impact Science are building on the model of their Climate Change Knowledge Cooperative and creating the Coronavirus Knowledge Cooperative. The launch partners are the American Chemical Society, de Gruyter, Hindawi, SAGE, the University of Toronto Press, and Wolters Kluwer.
Accessible Archives Caters to Fans of The Gilded Age
Obsessed with Julian Fellowes' new show The Gilded Age? Accessible Archives can give you some insight into the show's time period during the weekly wait between episodes.
GPO Task Force Studies the Possibility of an All-Digital FDLP
The director of the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO), Hugh Nathaniel Halpern, has appointed a task force to look into the feasibility of making the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) all digital.
Access Partnership Releases a Report on Current Tech Policy Trends
Access Partnership published "Tech Policy Trends 2022" (registration required), a report sharing forecasts and predictions for the top trends of this year.

NewsLink Spotlight
What’s New With Public Library Ebook Vendors
by Brandi Scardilli
Library ebook vendors sign contracts with publishers to get books delivered to their platforms and then sell their licenses to public libraries at the prices the publishers set. The pandemic has accelerated patron use of ebooks, which has brought the fight for fair prices back into the spotlight. While public libraries and publishers are hashing out what ebooks should cost, the vendors have been working to provide public libraries and their patrons with the best user experience possible (and make a profit themselves, of course—with the notable exception of The Palace Project). Let's take a look at what's new with some of the major library ebook vendors.

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