Morning Links: June 26

Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan , by Ruby Lal

Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan, by Ruby Lal

Publishing

  • At Buzzfeed: YA Twitter Can Be Toxic, But It Also Points Out Real Problems. “But often, frustration about a book isn’t just about that book. It’s about the many books like it that readers have already seen. It’s about a desire that all kids see themselves represented in books. It’s about ongoing frustration with an industry that gives lip service to diversity but remains overwhelmingly white. And to understand that frustration, we need to understand that diversity advocates have been having this conversation for a very long time.“

Book Awards

Libraries

  • At vermont.gov: New Name for Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award to Be Selected by Vermont Youth. “State Librarian Jason Broughton made the decision to change the award’s name based on a January 2018 recommendation from the Board of Libraries. The board acted after taking testimony recommending a name change to address contemporary issues affecting promotion of the program. It also heard concerns about Dorothy Canfield Fisher and Vermont’s eugenics movement.“ Oh, wow. This is not a rabbit hole I’ve been down… YET. Related.

  • At NCAC: Statement on Ohio House Speaker’s Attempts to Suppress Pride Events. “House Speaker Larry Householder’s letter pressuring the Ohio Library Council to cancel youth events in celebration of Pride month is an assault on free speech principles and an abuse of political power.“

  • At Inside Higher Ed: Librarians Move to Take Dewey Name Off Medal. “The Council of the American Library Association voted Sunday to remove the name of Melvil Dewey, one of the founders of the association and inventor of the book classification system named for him, from the association's medal. A resolution passed by the Council said that "whereas Melvil Dewey did not permit Jewish people, African Americans, or other minorities admittance to the resort owned by Dewey and his wife" and "whereas Dewey made numerous inappropriate physical advances toward women he worked with and wielded professional power over," his name should not remain on the medal.“ Related.

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