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Book censors target teen fiction, says American Library Association

“Attempts to ban books are increasingly driven by the desire to protect teenagers from tales of sex, drugs and suicide in young adult fiction, the American Library Association reports.This growing number of attempts to restrict edgy teen fiction was revealed as part of Americas Banned Books Week, from 22 to 28 September.”Young adult is a big trend right now, and a high number of complaints are directed at those books,” said Barbara Stripling, president of the American Library Association, which organises Banned Books Week. “There is a lot of pressure to keep teenagers safe and protected, especially in urban areas, and we are seeing many more complaints about alcohol, smoking, suicide and sexually explicit material.” (via theguardian.com)

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Could Banning Books Actually Encourage More Readers?

“What do the books “The Catcher in the Rye,” “Invisible Man” and Anne Franks diary have in common? Theyve all been banned from libraries. On Sunday, the American Library Association begins its annual recognition of Banned Books Week. Tell Me More host Michel Martin talks to former ALA president Loriene Roy about targeted books, and efforts to keep them on shelves.” (via NPR)

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Bestselling authors call for library ebook lending

“Today, Maureen Sullivan, president of the American Library Association, announced the launch of “Authors for Library Ebooks,” a new initiative that asks authors to stand with libraries in their quest for equitable access to e-books. Bestselling authors Cory Doctorow, Ursula K. Le Guin and Jodi Picoult are helping kick off the campaign.” (via District Dispatch)

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ALA Joins Others to Demand Civil Liberties

“The American Library Association recently joined 86 other civil liberties groups, Internet activists and authors to sign an open letter to Congress, calling for a congressional investigation committee, similar to the Church Committee of the 1970s. The letter is in response to the recent leaking of highly classified documents about the government’s monitoring of private Internet and telephone communications.” (via District Dispatch)

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Winning Libraries Share Cutting-edge Services at Annual Conference

“Does your library offer cutting-edge library services? Learn about how four ALA-recognized libraries are using cutting-edge technologies in their libraries during the session “Cutting-edge Technology in Library Services,” which will be held June 30, 2013, from 8:30–10:00a.m. in McCormick Place Convention Center room N427BC. The Cutting-edge Technology in Library Services recognition is presented by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy and the Library & Information Technology Association and showcases libraries that are serving their communities using novel and innovative methods.” (via District Dispatch)

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New ALA Supplement Looks at ‘Faustian Bargains’ of Digital

“Just weeks before the American Library Association annual conference, a new ALA-sponsored report, entitled Digital Content: What’s Next?, examines how libraries are evolving in the digital revolution, from e-books, to licensing, to developments in self-publishing. The supplement also details progress made by the ALA’s Digital Content Working Group. Contributors include Publishers Weekly contributing editor Peter Brantley, director of scholarly communication at Hypothes.is, whose piece, “The Unpackaged Book,” examines ways in which the “fundamental model of libraries, publishers, distributors, and books will need further re-engineering.” (via )

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‘Fifty Shades’ of complaints: Erotic trilogy makes list of challenged books

“Here’s a list “Fifty Shades of Grey” was destined to make: The books most likely to be removed from school and library shelves. On Monday, E L James’ multimillion selling erotic trilogy placed No. 4 on the American Library Association’s annual study of “challenged books,” works subject to complaints from parents, educators and other members of the public. The objections: Offensive language, and, of course, graphic sexual content.”(

via AP)

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Aaron Swartz to Be Honored by Library Association

“The Internet activist Aaron Swartz will be awarded the American Library Association’s James Madison Award on Friday as part of the group’s Freedom of Information Day event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Mr. Swartz, who committed suicide in January in the midst of a federal prosecution for document theft, will be honored for his efforts to promote open access to research and government information, according to the group’s president, Maureen Sullivan.”

via NYTimes.com

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A Colorful Anniversary: The Caldecott Medal Turns 75

“Some children’s book illustrators might not have gotten a lot of sleep over the weekend. That’s because they might have been wondering if this could be the year they win one of the grand prizes of children’s literature: the Randolph Caldecott Medal. This year is the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott, which is given to the most distinguished children’s picture book of the year. The winner is being named Monday morning at a meeting of the American Library Association.”

via NPR

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ALA launches E-book Media & Communications Toolkit

“As several large book publishers continue to deny libraries access to their e-books, and others make e-books available under difficult terms, libraries find themselves unable to provide the reading and educational materials demanded by their patrons. As a result, many librarians are asking, “What can I do to advocate for fair e-book lending practices?” To assist libraries in informing the public about e-book lending practices, the American Library Association (ALA) released today the “ALA E-book Media & Communications Toolkit,” a set of materials that will support librarians in taking action in their communities.”

via American Libraries Magazine

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