[OLA-IF-News] Not a new problem, but...

Steve Silver ssilver at nwcu.edu
Thu Apr 23 10:26:17 PDT 2020

This might be a timely Tuesday Topic.

I suspect we face this a bit less as an academic library, but we did have a page of vetted COVID-19 info sources on our homepage that our Critical Incident Response Team asked us to take down because it was "unauthorized." While it may be justified in the midst of a crisis and following emergency protocols established, it still represents a form of censorship.

Steve Silver

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Have any other librarians out there found that the struggle to appear "unbiased" is even harder right now, given that oftentimes disseminating accurate information about COVID-19 is in direct contradiction of political figures such as the president? Plus so many of us are closed and looking at budget troubles, it's a little scary to be "controversial," even in getting news out there that should not be controversial.


Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney, MLIS

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