Ten Stories That Shaped 2017

Can you believe it's almost 2018? That means it's time to look back at some of the notable library-related stories from the past year.

10. Librarians Fight Fake News

The problems with fake news caused many of us to revamp our web evaluation handouts into guides for spotting bogus information sources.

9. Elsivier Roundup

Elsivier made several headlines this year, in the form of boycotts and resignations. Their buyout of bepress also raised eyebrows.

In related news, Beall's List went dark in January.

8. ALA's Trump Statements

Late last year, many librarians were quick to jump on an initial (and now retracted) press release by the American Library Association about being "ready to work with President-elect Trump." Recent statements have taken a far more militant tone.

7. Milo's Book Cancelled

Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos found himself out of a book deal after making pro-pedophilia comments. The use of sensitivity readers and related author edits also made the news this year.

6. Whither the Open Web?

It's too early to tell what the end of net neutrality will mean for the Internet, although most experts predict it won't be a good thing.

Bonus: Favorite Presentation

For anyone sick of hearing about how, "during these hardships, it's time for you to demonstrate your coping skills," the ACRL talk, Resilience, Grit, and Other Lies: Academic Libraries and the Myth of Resiliency is for you.

5. Remember Electronic Reserve?

I first heard about the Georgia State e-reserve lawsuit in grade school. Well, not quite, but after almost a decade, the case is still open.

4. Chinese Censorship

Both Springer and Cambridge found themselves in hot water this year for agreeing to self-censor parts of their web publications for Chinese readers.

3. Little Free "Libraries" Criticism

An interesting point about those community bookshelves was made recently: they don't often reside in "book deserts" where the need is greatest.

2. The Opioid Crisis

A staggering number of people die every day from overdoses in the United States. This year, public libraries found themselves on the front lines in the fight against opioid overdoses.

1. The Paradox of Tolerance

In the wake of neo-Nazi protests, librarians found themselves discussing the fine line between protected and hate speech.

What was your favorite story of the year?


My favorite stories had to do with some library systems welcoming social workers into the libraries to provide information and assistance to the homeless.

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