May 16, 2022

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”


From a Library Freedom Project Post on Medium:

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.

Read the Complete Post (1070 words, Including Sample Letter and Screenshots)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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