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  2. Keats Tops NYPL Most Circulated Books
  3. Ten Stories That Shaped 2019

    As we limp headfirst into a new decade, it's beginning to feel like many of these stories have become perennial entries.

    2019 saw yet more drag queen story hour protests, vendor buyouts, the persistence of fake news, scandals, and lawsuits aplenty, along with the usual spate of book burning and banning.

    Below are some of the other notable headlines from the past year's library-related news.

    10. Naomi Cries Wolf

    Feminist author Naomi Wolf found her book Outrages: Sex, Censorship, and the Criminalization of Love cancelled by the publisher after a public revelation that its research was based on the flawed assumption of equating "death recorded" with the death penalty.

    9. Circulating More than Books

    For years, libraries have been experimenting with checking out tools, humans, and other non-book items—a practice which continues to make headlines.

    8. Clueless Architects

    More proof that money doesn't always buy common sense: A new $41 million branch of the Queens Public Library (initially) placed books on a staircase, rendering then inaccessible to wheelchairs, while Cornell University's new upskirt-friendly building came with a $21.6 million price tag.

    7. Emma Boettcher Wins Big!

    Allowing ourselves to take a break from railing against "vocational awe" in librarianship, we offered a collective kudos this year to librarian Emma Boettcher for her appearances on the Jeopardy! game show.

    6. The New York Times Flap

    Calling it "fake news," a Florida commission blocked libraries from licensing The New York Times, while another patron in Idaho garnered national attention for their attempts to censor anti-Trump titles.

    5. Privacy Roundup

    Privacy issues this year included the boycott of the new registration policy from LinkedIn Learning; concerns over FaceApp and facial recognition software; complications with DNA Testing; and the legal case over the 2020 census citizenship question.

    4. I'm Ok, You're Biased

    The concept of "algorithmic bias" is nothing new, but this year more attention was focused on how prevalent it has become in library systems.

    3. "Cancel Culture" Hits Libraries

    Examples include the removal of Mevil Dewey's name on a library award as well as the cancellation of multiple conference sessions. Other cases where a controversial speaker was not cancelled involved the Toronto Public Library and the Seattle Public Library.

    2. Publisher Pushbacks

    The biggest open access story of the year would have to be the University of California's failed negotiations with Elsevier. Other notable events include the New York Public Library's cancellation of their Kanopy subscription, outrage over new e-book terms from Macmillian and Pearson, and the slow advancement of Plan S.

    1. Whither Late Fees?

    The movement to end library late fees seemed to reach the start of a tipping point this year. Whether or not your library continues this practice, it should at least justify the current policy in place.

    What was your favorite library story of the past year? Mine was the debate over whether or not a character in Good Omens would actually wear white gloves when handling old books.

  4. Libraries using Internet Trust Tools

    "NewsGuard’s green-red ratings signal if a website is trying to get it right or instead has a hidden agenda or knowingly publishes falsehoods or propaganda, according to NewsGuard’s website,"

    I am not feeling great about this tool and will not be installing it at our library. Curious to hear others' decisions or experiences with NewsGuard. Live sex chats

  5. eBook Embargo on Libraries is Only the Tip of the Iceberg

    eBook Embargo on Libraries is Only the Tip of the Iceberg

    As of November 1st, 2019 McMillan Publishing, one of the largest print publishers in the world, placed an 8-week embargo on libraries purchasing more than one copy of new release eBooks limiting an entire branch to loan out one eBook at a time to library patrons. This coupled with the publishing community beginning to limit perpetual access to eBooks and audiobooks, in general, should serve as a warning for what is about to come with the continued siloing and commoditization of information. A new reality favoring publishers and aggregators over creators and consumers closing in not only on the expressions of authors but the reportage of journalists, songs of artists, and the visions of filmmakers.

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