One thing Trump has done for members of the library community is to focus them; the challenge for 2018 will be to retain that focus
For Beyond the Book’s last Friday news show of 2017, Publishers Weekly senior writer Andrew Albanese offer his personal take on the ‘top ten’ stories of the year for US libraries and librarians.
“In 2017, the library community successfully beat back a Trump Administration proposal to eliminate all federal library funding – at least for now. As the American Library Association told me over the summer, the one thing Trump has done for members of the library community is to focus them,” Albanese reports.
“The challenge for 2018 will be to retain that focus,” he tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally.
“The current tax bill [expected to be voted on in Congress early next week] could devastate library funding, ALA officials warn. There are concerns, too, around net neutrality, education policy, and of course the administration’s ongoing assaults on the press and core library values.”
Every Friday, CCC’s “Beyond the Book” speaks with the editors and reporters of “Publishers Weekly” for an early look at the news that publishers, editors, authors, agents and librarians will be talking about when they return to work on Monday.