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#BannedBooksWeek ~ Sept. 25 to Oct. 1


Amnesty International and the American Library Association sponsor what I feel should be a Global Celebration. #bannedbooksweek 2016

Banned Books Week is, according to the ALA:

“…an annual event celebrating the freedom to read…it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.”

You can see a list of the ten Most Challenged Books of 2015 on the Banned Books Week Coalition Site.

Time for a short video about Banned Books:


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BONUS BLOG POST ~~~ It’s National #Library Week in the USA!


It’s a good thing I have multiple sources of information bombarding my e-mail in-box or I might have missed National Library Week. National Library Week

And, even though I haven’t been in a library for years, I’ve had plenty of visits in my nearly 7 decades of living—plus, I worked in a library when I was an adolescent—and one of my closest friends is a Librarian

For lots of info on how to celebrate check out the National Library Week Page on the American Library Association Web Site.

And, now, a “true-to-life” video tale about a rather amazing small-town librarian…


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Are Libraries Still “Relevant”?


I’ve written 30 posts tagged with the word “Library”.

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That word can mean many things to different folks…

Does it mean “Research”, “Reading”, “Using a Computer”, “Socializing”, “Having an Adventure”?

And, for You, is a library “Significant”, “Applicable”, “Appropriate”, and “Suitable”?

Perhaps the interview with Sari Feldman, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library and president-elect of the American Library Assocation (ALA), can clarify what libraries are worth…

Just a few of Sari’s comments:

“Libraries’ core values of confidentiality, privacy, and exceptional customer service create an environment of tremendous support for information seekers.”

“I think the next ‘big thing’ for libraries to embrace in support of 21st century information opportunity and lifelong learning is ‘Big Data‘.”

“I also predict that the developed world will be looking to the U.S. when it comes to two key issues that have been a focus in ALA’s advocacy work—policies on net neutrality and federal legislative issues related to privacy and security.”

And, I wonder what you think about this, possibly, surprising statement:

“I believe that we do ourselves a disservice when we allow our communities to view libraries as nostalgic throwbacks—as places that do not or should not change with the times. It’s not always popular to be the one advancing an organization in the direction of a new future when the present still clings to vestiges of the past, but we have to find the strength, look forward, and bring others along.”

And, even though the interview is heavily slanted toward the USA, I’m hoping a few readers from other countries will start a discussion about all this in the Comments…

Also, check out this cool initiative that “invites library advocates to share stories about what public libraries mean to them.

And, if your not one to click on links, check out this video :-)


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Do Libraries Still Matter?


It all depends on who you are if libraries still matter to you.

And, I’m going to go out on a moral limb here and declare that, if you’re a sane and upright person, libraries Matter.

So, it seems there are quite a few insane, downright confused people in our world

If you click on Libraries in our Top Tags widget in the side-bar you’ll find 20 posts.

One of the most insane attitudes I’ve encountered as a writer is the opinion that, since libraries buy only a few copies of a book yet lend it out free to many users, they’re being unfair to authors, because the people who read the book free are not giving the author their royalty.

Here’s just one example of how libraries are boosting book sales.

Of course, that example is from the United States.

I hope my friend from Australia will weigh-in in the Comments about the situation there

Another thing that gets lost in the greed-infested world of publishing is the salutary effect of libraries for those in our human family who can’t afford to buy books.

So

If you love libraries but haven’t been keeping up with the news, do check out these links:

Libraries, Copyright and Fair Use

The ALA [American Library Association] Ebook Standoff

ALA President Challenges ‘Discriminatory’ eBook Policies

Association of American Publisher ‘Disappointed’ by ALA Letter

New Smashwords Program for Libraries Offers Thousands of Indie Ebook Crowd-pleasers

And, if you happen to be one of those folks who feel we could well do without libraries, since there are so many other ways to get books now, please consider that there are a few billion people on our planet who have no access to the books you enjoy
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E-Books, Libraries, and An Experiment In Blogging


I’ve always been a rather Benevolent Maverick.

Recently, I broke a blogging “rule” and had a post that ran over 4,000 words—Author Interview ~ Shannan Sinclair.

Today, I’m going to give three brief references to articles about e-books and see how many folks take the links, read the articles, and make a comment

I need to start by referencing a WebSite that will help set-up the first e-book article—O’Reilly ~ Tools of Change for Publishing—a conference held in New York City, February 13-15.

The first e-book article, from NPR, is, At Last, They See: E-Books ‘Democratize’ Publishing, which begins with:

“Not known as a hotbed of experimentation, the world of publishing has been slow to embrace the transition from print to e-books. This past week in New York, however, the Tools of Change digital publishing conference attracted entrepreneurs and innovators who are more excited by, rather than afraid of, the future.”

The next article is from PCWorldEbook Publishers Want Library Borrowing to Be Difficult—and begins with:

“In an effort to make library ebook borrowing less convenient, Penguin Group has discontinued over-the-air library book downloads for Kindle users.”

The third article is from an “Annoyed Librarian” on the Library Journal and is called, Ebooks and Libraries Don’t Mix. Here’s the opening:

“Libraries certainly are living in interesting times, and last week was no exception. We were also provided with more evidence supporting one of my hypotheses, which is that if you want to get something done, don’t involve the ALA [American Library Association].”

I’m sure I’ll be back to my normal routine tomorrow—featuring one article and commenting myself; but, that’s my post for today

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