Holly Korbey writes: “Across the nation, libraries are stepping up in a time of crisis. This summer, as communities continue to deal with COVID-19, both public libraries and school libraries are innovating new ways to provide services for communities that reach beyond physical books and buildings. One of libraries’ main goals has been to help children, many of whom have already missed out on a lot, stay engaged, reading and learning at a time when they can’t physically be in the building.”
KQED MindShift, July 31
On July 28, the Internet Archive filed its response to the lawsuit brought by four commercial publishers to end the practice of Controlled Digital Lending, which it says is the digital equivalent of traditional library lending. “What is at stake with this lawsuit?” writes Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle. “Every digital learner’s access to library books.”
Internet Archive Blog, July 29
On July 30, American Library Association President Julius C. Jefferson Jr. paid a virtual visit to John Brown Watson Memorial Library at University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to discuss how libraries at Historically Black Colleges and Universities shape leaders within their communities. Watson Memorial Library is the fifth stop on Jefferson’s 12-stop virtual tour, Holding Space, to spotlight how libraries of all kinds across the country are addressing the needs of their diverse communities and engaging stakeholders to advocate for libraries.
ALA Communications and Marketing Office, July 28
Despite retail sales declining generally, publishing is growing in terms of unit sales when compared to 2019—print sales are up 3.6% and ebook sales are up 4%. Factors include a strong online market (driven by Amazon); sales driven by current events and politics; the high adoption rate of ebooks and audiobooks during the pandemic; and the migration of print sales from bookstores to big-box retailers.
Jane Friedman, July 30
Lapham’s Quarterly presents an illustrated timeline of bookmaking technology, from labor- and time-intensive woodblock printing (ca. 220) to the invention of the first movable type (1040), paperback books (1845), and the relatively speedy hot metal typesetting (ca. 1884).
Lapham's Quarterly, July 30
Brewster Kahle writes: “There is a recent written attack on libraries that I find odd and somewhat dangerous—libraries overlap too much with new-book bookstores. At first I thought it was trolling, but I now believe it is sincere. More worrisome is that antilibrary lobbying is generally growing in strength, but their attacks on the concept of libraries have been more implied and disguised, until recently. Maybe it is time to think a bit about what a library is and what they are for.”
Brewster Kahle's Blog, July 28
The Black Caucus of the American Library Association has received an Institute of Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Award for $100,000 to support its “Breaking Barriers: The Future of Black Librarianship” national forum, a one-day preconference event to strengthen support for Black/African American MLIS students. BCALA also received an IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program Award of $99,934 to explore and catalog current Black History Month programming.
Black Caucus of the American Library Association, July 30