Report From California: “To Combat Book Bans, Los Angeles County Library May Open Digital Access Statewide”
From the City News/ Times of San Diego:
Two Los Angeles County supervisors will propose Tuesday that the county library system make its eBooks available to all California teens and residents.
The goal, said supervisors Lindsey P. Horvath and Janice Hahn, is to mount a challenge to what they call a spike in efforts to ban books from school and public libraries, particularly those with LGBTQ+ themes. The eBooks to be made available would include publications banned in other jurisdictions.
If approved by the board, their motion would instruct county library officials to report back in 30 days with a plan to make digital county library cards available to all residents and teens in California – with the goal of launching the program during Banned Books Week Oct. 1-7. They also want the library system to identify a funding source for purchasing eBooks, “including commonly banned books.”
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.