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Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Right to Read Day is April 24, 2023, hosted by ALA and Unite Against Book Bans

ALA announced a national day of action to protect libraries and the freedom to read, designating April 24, the Monday of National Library Week, as Right to Read Day. Right to Read Day also marks the first anniversary of the ALA-founded Unite Against Book Bans campaign, a public-facing advocacy initiative to empower readers everywhere to stand together in the fight against censorship.

“Right to Read Day is a national day of action—not just acknowledgement,” says ALA president Lessa Kanani'opua Pelayo-Lozada. “ALA calls on readers everywhere to show our commitment to the First Amendment by doing something concrete to preserve it.”

Suggested Right to Read Day actions include:

  • Borrow a library book at risk of being banned.
  • Write a letter to the editor or to an elected leader.
  • Attend a meeting of local officials or library or school board.
  • Stage a public event or peaceful protest in support of libraries.
  • Report censorship.
  • Join Unite Against Book Bans.
A Look Back at How the Library of Congress Has Reached Out to Citizens
by Terry Ballard
In 2008, I attended the Society of American Archivists' Annual Meeting in San Francisco[, and a] presentation that week made a lasting impact on me: Helena Zinkham from the Library of Congress showcased how the library was working with Flickr to display a large collection from its photo archives.

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EveryLibrary Continues Its Fight Against Censorship With New Action Platform
EveryLibrary reports, "Developed by EveryLibrary, a 501c(4) organization with national reach, and the EveryLibrary Institute (a 501c3), Fight for the First empowers communities to act in defense of their constitutional right to free speech. Our first goal is to overcome book-banning efforts underway across the country. Second, we will shore up protections for public and school libraries that are at imminent risk of hostile defunding attacks."
NISO Plans 2023 Humanities Roundtable for June 20
NISO (National Information Standards Organization) shared the following message with the subscribers to its email list: "Join us for NISO's 2023 Humanities Roundtable! ... This year's program takes on two timely topics critical to the humanities: the challenges surrounding the transition to open access, especially through the lenses of funding, equity, and ethics, and how emerging technologies can help or complicate our approach to those challenges."
CCC Partners With Malaysia Reprographic Rights Centre
CCC announced that "it has signed a bilateral agreement with the Malaysia Reprographic Rights Centre (MARC) to support its operations and the development of copyright-compliant content consumption in Malaysia benefitting both rightsholders and content users. The agreement enables MARC to include CCC's comprehensive rights catalogue in the licenses it offers to educational and academic institutions in Malaysia."
LYRASIS Gets New Funding for Its Performing Arts Readiness Project
LYRASIS received "a $1.5M grant from the Mellon Foundation to continue and expand the Performing Arts Readiness (PAR) project. PAR, initially funded in 2017 through a $2.5 million grant from Mellon, was created to strengthen emergency preparedness within performing arts organizations across the United States."
ByWater Solutions Launches the Koha Community Challenge 2023
ByWater Solutions announced the following: "ByWater Solutions has partnered with koha-US for another Community Challenge! This is a great way for the open source community to come together, move, and raise money for a good cause!"

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A Day in the Life of Five Librarians, Part 10
by Justin Hoenke
Justin Hoenke, who has worked in public libraries in the U.S. and New Zealand and offers consultancy services for public libraries, has been talking to all types of library staffers for A Day in the Life, his column in Information Today. Among other things, he asks them about their typical days, moments that made them proud, their current projects, and how they see the library field evolving. Here's a look at his columns from September 2022 to March 2023, which have been lightly edited and condensed for the web. 

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