in their December 17, 2018 issue. Let's in brief look at the top 5 stories here....
- The Trump Administration Renews Its Call to Eliminate Federal Library Funding "Another year of the Trump administration came with yet another call to permanently eliminate all federal library funding. But once again, thanks to some committed grassroots advocacy work, librarians and library supporters are poised to see a boost, not a cut, to next year's federal library funding......"
- Macmillan Embargoes New Tor E-book Titles in Libraries "After years of relative stability, the library e-book market was jolted in 2018 after MacMillan officials announced a four-month embargo on licensing new e-book titles to libraries from its science fiction imprint, Tor.....Macmillan characterized the embargo as a test and said its data suggested that library e-book lending was having a "direct and adverse" impact on Tor's retail e-book sales....vendor OverDrive has also sponsored a new initiative, Project Panorama, which is designed to collect data about the impact libraries have on publisher's sales and marketing....."
- Sherman Alexie "Declines" the Carnegie Medal "Since its debut in 2012, the ALA's Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction have become coveted, highly respected literary honors. But this year, Sherman Alexie, winner of the 2018 nonfiction medal for You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir declined the award amid allegations of sexual misconduct....troubling accusations against him had begun to surface in anonymous comments posted to an article on the School LIbrary Journal website....."
- Forbes Editorial Suggests Amazon Should Replace Libraries: Library Supporters Clap Back Hard "In July, Forbes published a rather ill-conceived contributed editorial by Long Island University economist Panos Mourdoukoutas titled, "Amazon Should Replace Local Libraries to Save Taxpayers Money." The piece generated more than 200,000 views in a matter of hours, as well as a flurry of responses from library supporters. And then it was gone --- Forbes retracted the piece, claiming it was "outside of this contributor's specific area of expertise.""
- ALA Division Removes Laura Ingalls Wiider's Name from Children's Book Award "In a move that garnered significant media attention, the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association, voted at the ALA Annual conference in New Orleans to remove the name of children's book author Laura Ingalls Wilder from a popular award. The decision came months after a task force set out to consider the long-running scholarly discussion around "anti-Native and anti-black sentiments" in Wilder's work. And predictably, the change touched off a chorus of critics who portrayed the move as political correctness run amok."