Academia & Publishing

Die Leipziger Buchmesse in der DDR: Ein Interview mit Patricia F. Blume

In einer Zeit der Abschottung und politischen Spannungen, waren es Bücher, die Brücken zwischen Ost und West schlugen – die Leipziger Buchmesse als Knotenpunkt des deutsch-deutschen Kulturaustauschs spielte dabei eine ganz besondere Rolle. Wir sprachen mit der Medien- und Buchwissenschaftlerin Dr. Patricia F. Blume über die Messe als „Fenster zur Welt“, ihre ideologische Funktion, skurrile Klau- und Schmuggelgeschichten und noch vieles mehr.

Academia & Publishing

Academic Librarians on Intellectual Freedom and Change, Part 3: An Interview with Beau Case

This week, Beau Case reflects on his career as a university librarian, culminating in his current role as the Inaugural Dean of Libraries at the University of Central Florida. He talked to us about the challenges he had faced, social bias in libraries, and why he doesn’t mind students putting books back out of order.

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Book Bans and Biases: Is There a Place for Sexually Explicit Materials in the Library?

Whether American libraries should host sexually explicit content has been a matter of ongoing debate throughout history, and it continues to be a heated topic of discussion today. The persistent failure, however, to recognize patrons as fully embodied human beings with physical and intellectual dimensions reveals deep cultural biases at play.

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