Which Books Belong in a School Library? All of Them, of Course

While the debate is not new to the world of librarianship, the controversy about which books should be allowed to grace the shelves of a school library has become a common topic of conversation on news channels, talk shows and school board meetings. At its heart, the dialogue digs into which books school librarians should make available to their students. Parents argue on both sides: those who want the library to only hold materials they deem appropriate, and those who understand that the appropriateness of those materials lies in the…

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Fake borrowers at Florida library probed

Staff at a Florida library created fake readers to foil computer systems that recommend throwing out books unread for months or years. An investigation found bogus borrowers had “read” thousands of books. Library staff have been suspended while officials work out if the fakes meant the libraries received more state cash. Staff said their action had helped save cash as it kept perennially popular titles that would have had to be bought again if they had been thrown out. Rigid control Officials at the Lake County public resources department that…

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