ALA’s Midwinter Meeting is in Denver and the Office for Intellectual Freedom will be there staffing the different committee meetings and programs. Committee meetings and programs are open to any […]
By: guest blogger Larry Weidman. A local Temple, TX resident speaks out at the library board meeting to discuss the controversial Pride Month display: “As frequent visitor and contributor to the library, frankly, the ‘controversy’ infuriated me.”
Reporting censorship helps OIF provide better information and support to librarians and teachers facing intellectual freedom and access challenges.
“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re going to be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?” — The Hate U Give
Whether you post the calendars in your office where you might pique a visitor’s interest or use them to schedule tasks with students or reference desk shifts, you are raising awareness of intellectual freedom. You are starting conversations.
On Monday, we flip the calendars to 2018; we resolve to change our lifestyles for the better; and we welcome a new slate of intellectual freedom advocates to share opinions and knowledge about a core value of the librarian profession.
By: guest blogger Nicole Walsh. Have you ever wondered why classic films don’t show sex scenes or graphic violence? Look no further than the Hays Code.
By: guest blogger Andrea Jamison. The banning of Angie Thomas’s New York Times bestselling book, The Hate U Give, is another stark reminder that the message behind the Black Lives Matter movement has indeed fallen on deaf ears. Although officials from the Katy Independent School District in Texas affirm that the book is not technically banned but is under a “standard” procedural review, it is clear that the district circumvented their policies by removing copies of the book during this “review” process.
By: guest blogger T.J. Lamanna. The library field is rife with the mindset of ‘we’ve always done it this way,’ which is why we typically lag behind and become late adopters, rather than pioneers we like to pride ourselves as being. Beyond the security measures HTTPS offers libraries and their patrons, there are other practical reasons for implementing the certificate and adopting tools needed to use library resources safely and efficiently.
Guest post by Isabel Klein, a member of the Intellectual Freedom Round Table’s (IFRT) Coalition Building Committee. Charged with recognizing effective coalition building in state chapters and promoting the necessary framework to fight censorship at the ground level, IFRT has profiled Erin Kennedy, the chair of Idaho Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee.