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After Lawsuit Filed, Internet Archive Ends National Emergency Library: Critical Linking, June 16, 2020

Jamie Canaves

Contributing Editor

Jamie Canavés is the Tailored Book Recommendations coordinator and Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter writer–in case you’re wondering what you do with a Liberal Arts degree. She’s never met a beach she didn’t like, always says yes to dessert, loves ‘80s nostalgia, all forms of entertainment, and can hold a conversation using only gifs. You can definitely talk books with her on Litsy and Goodreads. Depending on social media’s stability maybe also Twitter and Bluesky.

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Citing a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by publishers, Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle announced this week that the IA’s National Emergency Library initiative will cease operating on June 16, two weeks earlier than its previously announced June 30 closing date.

‘We moved up our schedule because, last Monday, four commercial publishers chose to sue Internet Archive during a global pandemic,’ Kahle wrote in a blog post published this week. ‘However, this lawsuit is not just about the temporary National Emergency Library. The complaint attacks the concept of any library owning and lending digital books, challenging the very idea of what a library is in the digital world.'”

National Emergency Library comes to end after lawsuit filed.

“Today, the West Orange, NJ native, now 15, is the author of her own book, Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You!, plus was named by TIME as one of the 25 most influential teens in 2018, and was identified as the youngest member of the Forbes 30 under 30 list to date.

In wake of a necessary call to action for racial justice everywhere, including on bookshelves, many people are looking for the best diverse books for children and teens, and Dias rounded up her top eight books for teens, tweens and kids.

In Dias’ own words, here are her recommendations to”

Marley Dias has a great book list to read!

“For all its workshops and meetings, the publishing world is only just starting to put the work in to printing stories by black writers, and there are still so few on the shelves. So who has really been ignoring these writers, and these stories, up until now? Who should the onus be on here? Is it not the tastemakers? I won’t ever say that these things are too little, too late. There’s time to make long-standing change, but it has to come from the right place. And that place is understanding the role that the industry has been playing, up until now, in ignoring and suppressing black voices.”

Because nothing will change in publishing unless the gatekeepers (publishers/agents) make the changes.