Library Corner 10-6-2015

Library corner imageUS Library News:

Video: Librarian, Developer, and Entrepreneur, Jason Griffey Discusses LibraryBox and Other Projects at Harvard’s Berkman Center (Infodocket)

The Public Library’s New Role As Community Center (KNPR)

International Library News:

National Library facing insolvency unless jobs are slashed with ‘financial fragility a major risk’ to future (Wales Online)

The British Library Outlines Plan to Create a National Radio Archive (Infodocket)

Patrons’ data not kept in U.S.: Regina Public Library head (Leader-Post)

Banned Books Roundup:

Yes, We Still Need Banned Book Week (The Digital Reader)

I’m a librarian who banned a book. Here’s why. (The Conversation)

Band Books Week 2015! (Library Journal)

How do libraries get away with banning books? (The Conversation)

Policy and Privacy:

Privacy is doomed, warns incoming university librarian (Berkeley News)

Google Will Target Ads Using Email Addresses (WSJ)


Open Licensing Policy Toolkit (DRAFT) (Creative Commons)

Reference and Statistics:

New corporate spending database (Politico)

NLM Releases New Research Resource for Domestic Violence (NIH)

Digital Collections:

The Guggenheim Puts Online 1600 Great Works of Modern Art from 575 Artists (Open Culture)

Open Library of Humanities Officially Launched (OLH)

About once a week, I post links to digital-related library news articles and information about digital collections available online.  I also post other links of interest about the digital life daily on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Banned Books Week 9-27-2015 to 10-3-2015

BBW-logoThis week  is Banned Books Week! This is an annual event where the book community celebrates the freedom to read and rallies against censorship. According to the event’s official website: 

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. There were 311 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2014, and many more go unreported.

Many libraries and bookstore will be hosting events and showcasing special displays of books that have been challenged in the past. The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom defines a challenges as “a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness.”

Some of the titles are surprising and include many well-loved classics. Both Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham were on this list from Encyclopedia Britannica. 

There are a number of resources available with information about books which have been banned. Infodocket has a list of resources here to start you out. You can also follow the topic on social media using the hashtag #BannedBooksWeek.

Ironically, so many of my personal favorites have been challenged at one time or another. I was thinking of re-reading Daniel Keyes classic, Flowers for Algernon.  What about you? Do you have a favorite banned book?