Library Freedom Project Calls on OverDrive, Hoopla to Deplatform Holocaust Denial Materials
UPDATED POST (April 20, 2022) VICE has published a report on what LFP and LF first discussed (see below) in February: “Ebook Services Are Bringing Unhinged Conspiracy Books into Public Libraries”
Hoopla Digital and OverDrive are among the most popular streaming, audiobook, and ebook platforms, with subscriptions in thousands of public libraries. Without appropriate quality-control and source-vetting, these vendors are platforming propaganda, including Holocaust denial materials and other false rhetoric, and making them available to patrons as nonfiction ebooks. We demand full accountability for how these materials were selected for inclusion on the platforms and more transparency in the companies’ material selection processes going forward. These materials do not belong in a popular public library collection. We call upon our fellow library workers to join us in this demand in holding our vendors accountable.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.