We are often asked why we have libraries in the age of Google. We just have been given the perfect opportunity to prove our worth. Will we open the discussion and grab it?
Gutless and Animal Farm removed. Protecting Teen Privacy. Filtering Library Wi-Fi. Rowling Responds to Burning Harry Potter Books. And the Riots at Berkeley
January 27, 2017- Information about government censorship and updates on the Virginia Board of Education rejection of red-flagging books and the censorship of a student’s painting in a U.S. Capitol building. It’s a double issue with lots of news, don’t miss out!
Reporting challenges to ALA helps us provide better information and support to librarians and teachers facing similar challenges. OIF uses the reports for statistical purposes, allowing us to analyze trends, share data on censorship issues, and educate the public about what books are under threat and why. Please send us any info on challenges in your state or region from 2016.
Salt Lake County Library Services is sponsoring a year of inclusion. Every library has a month and a theme. All staff meetings with all 19 branches emphasize inclusion and shared experiences.
January 13, 2017 – All Douglas County libraries (OR) to close, Email Privacy Act, and a fond farewell to Nat Hentoff.
ALA’s 2017 Midwinter Meeting is in Atlanta, GA and the Office for Intellectual Freedom will be there staffing the different committee meetings and programs. Committee meetings and programs are open to any attendee, and are often a good way to learn about the business of ALA and its intellectual freedom initiatives.
ALA Town Hall Meeting at Midwinter, Operation 451, Mein Kampf, literary protests and the controversy around Milo Yiannopoulos’ book.
New Library Bill of Rights poster, challenge support resources and free webinar.
December 17, 2016 – Kansas City Public Library, Orange Coast College and Accomack School District