The Top 10 Library Stories of 2020 – In this article, Andrew Albanese of Publishers Weekly looks back at the library stories that captivated the publishing world this year — and what they portend for 2021
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As you would expect, COVID-19 occupied center stage as Mr. Albanese noted that “nothing compares to the Covid-19 pandemic that has so far claimed some 300,000 American lives, and in March forced a historic nationwide mass closure of public spaces, including libraries.”
But he goes on to discuss a number of other major library stories including some that may be familiar to you and others that may have escaped your attention including:
- How library workers took a stand amid the rising fear surrounding the pandemic and “effectively shifted the focus to issues of worker safety and well-being.”
- The impact the Black Lives Matter movement had on the historically white profession of librarianship.
- How Macmillan defended, then abruptly ended its library e-book embargo.
- Library e-book lending surged to record circulation levels in large part due to COVID-19.
- The Internet Archive finds itself in court sued by four of the big publishing houses.
- A Canadian publisher calls public libraries a “Net Harm” to literature – librarians clap back.
- Two state bills propose “Parental Review Boards” for public libraries—and jail for librarians who defy them
- Library leaders praise senate confirmation of Trump’s pick to lead IMLS; Trump then renews his bid to eliminate the agency
- Tracie Hall becomes the ALA’s first African American woman to serve as executive director
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Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.