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A Roundup of the Latest Book-Banning News
by Anthony Aycock
Last year, I wrote about the only library book ban case ever to reach the U.S. Supreme Court ("'The Right to Receive Ideas': Island Trees Union Free School District v. Pico, 40 Years Later"). The case involved five students who in 1977 sued their school board over its decision to ban several books. The Supreme Court ruled that, while a school board can't remove books just because it doesn't like them, students do not necessarily have a First Amendment "right to receive information and ideas." In the months since that article, there have, of course, been many developments.

Weekly News Digests
Dimensions Introduces the AI-Based Research Integrity App
"Digital Science company Dimensions has today launched its new Dimensions Research Integrity app, enabling users to ensure the highest standards of research integrity and helping to build global trust in research."
OCLC Creates Jazz Music Topic Page on WorldCat
"WorldCat.org, the only website that connects online searchers to the world's libraries, has published a topic page dedicated to jazz music."
ALA's Freedom to Read Foundation Fights Arkansas Law Restricting Book Access
"The Freedom to Read Foundation, the First Amendment legal defense arm of [ALA,] joined a broad coalition of authors, publishers, booksellers, librarians, and readers [as they] filed suit in The United States District Court, Western District of Arkansas, Fayetteville Division, challenging Arkansas Act 372, a law that would restrict access to books in bookstores and libraries located within the state, and in the process violate the First Amendment rights of the state's reading public."
Sage Business Cases Partners With NPR’s Planet Money Podcast for New Content
"Sage has partnered with NPR's Planet Money podcast on a new series of interactive, educational business case studies designed to keep students engaged and excited about economic and financial concepts."
IMLS Publishes Research Brief on Public Libraries During the Early Pandemic
IMLS "announced … the release of a research brief on the public library response to community needs during the first 9 months of the COVID-19 pandemic."
EveryLibrary and GLAAD Join Forces for a Playbook on Fighting Bans of LGBTQ+ Books
EveryLibrary announced, "We're proud to partner with GLAAD on [a] playbook to help communities fight against book bans that are uniquely targeting LGBTQ Americans."
Legible Plans an AI-Based Version of George Orwell's Animal Farm
The Legible online bookstore announced, "We are thrilled to share some exciting news with you. Our innovative platform is now taking a giant leap forward by creating an AI version of George Orwell's timeless classic, Animal Farm."
'Putting ChatGPT to The Test: Will It Help Your Library With Promotions? …' by Angela Hursh
Angela Hursh writes the following for her blog, Super Library Marketing: "I must admit I am having some fun playing with ChatGPT. It can't clean my house or weed my flower bed. But it does make the work of library promotion easier."
GPO Expands Its Initiative to Make Government Documents More Discoverable
The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) is entering into a second Library Services & Content Management Pilot Project Initiative to help Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) libraries make government information more discoverable by the public.
HeinOnline Unveils New Database on Voting Rights and Election Law
HeinOnline, from William S. Hein & Co., announced its newest database, Voting Rights & Election Law.

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Session Highlights From the 2023 U.S. Book Show
by Brandi Scardilli
The third U.S. Book Show, hosted by Publishers Weekly, was a hybrid 4-day event celebrating the role of libraries in spreading the love of reading—and stoking that passion for books with a parade of intriguing upcoming titles in various genres. I attended the virtual sessions from May 22 to 25, which were a mix of prerecorded videos and live streams of the in-person conference.

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