Notes from the Electronic Cottage 4/28/22: Banned Books in the Digital Age

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Over the past year or so, there have been an unprecedented number of book bannings in school and other libraries in the United States. In the digital age, though, there are options for students or anyone else who wants to get access to banned books. PEN America reports over 1500 books have been banned just in schools from July 1, 2021 until March 31, 2022. Some large libraries have responded by opening access to their digital book collections to students from across the country. See what you think.

Here is a link to the full PEN America Report on “Banned in the USA”

About the host:
Jim Campbell has a longstanding interest in the intersection of digital technology, law, and public policy and how they affect our daily lives in our increasingly digital world. He has banged around non-commercial radio for decades and, in the little known facts department (that should probably stay that way), he was one of the readers voicing Richard Nixon’s words when NPR broadcast the entire transcript of the Watergate tapes. Like several other current WERU volunteers, he was at the station’s sign-on party on May 1, 1988 and has been a volunteer ever since doing an early stint as a Morning Maine host, and later producing WERU program series including Northern Lights, Conversations on Science and Society, Sound Portrait of the Artist, Selections from the Camden Conference, others that will probably come to him after this is is posted, and, of course, Notes from the Electronic Cottage.