American Library Association announces 2021 Midwinter Meeting will be Virtual; TikTok Ban: A Seed of Genuine Security Concern Wrapped in a Thick Layer of Censorship; Lack of broadband access within tribal communities, fuels grave concern among nation’s library leaders
The Republican Right humiliated and punished all but its true believers, in a purge that left it less responsive to a changing world, and undercut broad support. Is the Left repeating the play?
A ban seems a bit like using a meat cleaver where a scalpel might be more appropriate. I’m also troubled by the potential message a TikTok ban sends; we want to encourage China to be more protective of and open to free speech, especially in light of the troubling shift toward censorship in Hong Kong. Can we really do that if we are banning their apps? By banning their apps, are we taking steps in that same direction?
DHS authorizes domestic surveillance to protect statues and monuments; Internet Archive answers publishers’ copyright lawsuit; and FTRF hosts webinar on collecting and protecting LGBTQ+ materials and programs
Harper’s Magazine recently ran an open letter calling for the reestablishment of open debate in this culture war being fought on the front lines of social media. It was refreshing to learn of a written rebuttal to this open letter, but the cause would benefit more if you didn’t read it at all.
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Abortion rights is a topic that some teachers may choose to avoid or be prohibited from teaching. Karen Blumenthal’s latest book, “Jane Against the World,” provides students with a well-researched and nuanced history of reproductive rights in America, connecting to larger issues of poverty, racism, and gender and workplace discrimination. Learn more about the censorship she experienced while researching Texas state documents as well as experiences with censorship related to her books.
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By taking a look at Mat-Su’s recent censorship controversy, I consider why challenges to I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and other books that address rape are so common—and how we might address concerns about sexual trauma in literature without banning or unfairly labeling books.
Through Community Connect, 20 rural public libraries will receive resources to support financial capability and internet access for their patrons for two years. Apply by August 26.