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  • Libraries

    LibraryPass Adds Early Reader Titles to Growing Comics Plus Collection

    LibraryPass this week announced the addition of titles from ABDO, Capstone, Cherry Lake, and Lerner Publishing to its Comics Plus service.

  • Libraries

    Once More for Those in the Back: Libraries Are Not Neutral

    Five prominent library educators defend the profession’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

  • Libraries

    ALA 2022: Washington, D.C., to Host the First In-Person ALA Annual Conference Since 2019

    After two years of virtual events, the 2022 ALA Annual Conference is set for Thursday–Tuesday, June 23–28 at the Washington, D.C., Convention Center.

  • Copyright

    Court Seeks Proposed Declaratory Judgment in Maryland E-book Case

    A federal judge asked the AAP and state attorneys to submit draft language for a declaratory judgment to end teh case but is unclear whether a permanent injunction is also still under consideration.

  • Publisher News

    Freedom to Read Advocates Sound Alarm as Obscenity Lawsuit Advances in Virginia

    On May 18 a state court found there was probable cause that two books, 'Gender Queer' and 'Court of Mist and Fury,' could be deemed obscene under an obscure state law, and ordered the authors and publishers to defend the books in court. In a statement, freedom to read advocates say such actions "stifle the voices of authors and publishers."

  • Libraries

    Register Today for AAPI Communities in Conversation #6 Featuring Malaka Gharib, author of I Was 'Their American Dream'

    The sixth installment in the AAPI Communities in Conversation series, featuring Malaka Gharib, author of 'I Was Their American Dream,' is now set for Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 1:00 pm ET. Register here.

  • U.S. Book Show

    U.S. Book Show: Jamie Raskin Headlines a Big Day for Libraries

    The Maryland congressman, who has become the face of Washington's efforts to fight nationwide book banning efforts, capped off a day full of discussion on the biggest issues in the library world today.

  • Libraries

    Why the MLIS Is a Powerful Weapon in Fighting Book Bans

    The organized assault on the freedom to read has highlighted core values taught in library schools.

  • Libraries

    Rhode Island Advances Its Library E-book Bill

    The Rhode Island Senate unanimously voted to advance the state's library e-book bill out of committee and to the floor for a full vote.

  • Libraries

    LibraryPass Adds Valiant Entertainment Titles to Comics Plus

    Under the agreement, Valiant will make their entire digital catalog available to libraries and schools—including day and date access to their newest releases.

  • Libraries

    Congress to Hold Second Hearing on Censorship Issues

    The hearing, set for Thursday, May 19, at 10:00 a.m. ET, will focus on the "ongoing efforts to prohibit discussion in K-12 classrooms about American history, race, and LGBTQ+ issues and to punish teachers who violate vague and discriminatory state laws by discussing these topics."

  • Publisher News

    Court Deals Setback to First Amendment Suit Against Elizabeth Warren

    In her ruling, Federal judge Barbara Rothstein eviscerated claims that a letter Senator Elizabeth Warren sent to Amazon expressing concern over the e-tailer’s role in spreading Covid-19 misinformation constituted a government attack on the First Amendment rights of the case's plaintiffs, publisher Chelsea Green and its authors.

  • Libraries

    More Than 25 Organizations Join ALA's 'Unite Against Book Bans' Campaign

    “Our partners and supporters are critical in moving the needle to ultimately bring an end to book bans," said Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. “It’s time that policymakers understand the severity of this issue.”

  • Libraries

    Tennessee Bill Gives State Veto Power Over School Library Collections

    The bill, if signed, would vest members of the state’s textbook commission with the final decision on whether a challenged book can remain available in public school libraries.

  • Libraries

    Register Today for AAPI Communities in Conversation #5 Featuring Jai Chakrabarti

    There's still time to register for the fifth installment in the AAPI Communities in Conversation series featuring Jai Chakrabarti, author of 'A Play for the End of the World,' in conversation with University of Iowa librarian Jenay Solomon. The Live stream is set for Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at 1:00 pm ET.

  • Libraries

    Texas County Officials Sued over Library Book Bans

    A group of library supporters in Llano County, Tex., have filed suit against county officials in federal court arguing that a series of book bans and other actions at the library violates their constitutional rights.

  • Libraries

    AAP Asks Court to Permanently Enjoin Maryland Library E-book Law

    The Association of American Publishers has asked federal judge Deborah L. Boardman to effectively close the door on Maryland's library e-book law by converting her February preliminary injunction blocking the law into a permanent injunction.

  • Libraries

    EveryLibrary, PEN America Sound Alarm Over New Kentucky Library Law

    Free speech and library supporters say that SB 167—which came back from the dead last week with a dramatic veto override—will empower partisan politicians to take control of public libraries in the state, including decisions about building use and "what information the public can access and what books they can or can’t read."

  • Libraries

    IBPA Tackles Book Bans

    Last Thursday's Independent Book Publishers Association's 'The Battle for Free Expression: Indie Publishers and Libraries in the Fight Against Censorship' panel offered insights from digital media, public libraries, academic research, and online education on the rise in book banning.

  • Libraries

    New Kentucky Law Hands Control of Libraries to Local Politicians

    In a move that has alarmed library leaders, Kentucky bill SB 167—which came back from the dead last week with a veto override—will empower local politicians to “appoint whomever they want to library boards and block major library spending.”

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