Ten Stories That Shaped 2008
It's that time again! Read on for some highlights from this year's library news.
As if charging libraries to provide it cataloging records wasn't enough... what's next? Suing a library-themed hotel?
Though some love to hate her, everyone's favorite snarky semi-anonymous blogger continues to garner attention.
8. Censorship Roundup
Penguins continue to make intellectual freedom headlines, as does violence, homosexuality, and sex. Even Sarah Palin made some of the papers she reads with a story about her dealings with the city librarian while mayor of Wasilla.
Truthiness issues aside, Wikipedia and other user-generated sites continue to grow. If you haven't already familiarized yourself with such sites as Wikipedia, Digg, and Facebook, turn in your library degree now.
Kindle, e-paper, and related gizmos made further inroads and advances this year, but mainstream adoption is perennially a few years away.
5. Lawsuits Aplenty
Yes, sadly, you read it right. There's more to the story than that, but it remains a reminder that some libraries are short of a full deck.
3. Google Books Settlement
Video games in libraries are nothing new, but this year saw incredible growth in the use of video games by libraries to meet patron demands.
1. Can You Spare A Dime?
Those "Recession Boosts Library Use" stories were common this year, but the real news is how hard hit libraries have been in this terribad economy, as typified by the Philadelphia Free Library closings.
What was your favorite story of the year?