By: guest blogger Tara Lane Bowman; Protest placards have come a long way since the days when signs beseeched readers to elect a candidate in an upcoming election. In the past, these signs and slogans were direct. The act of carrying a sign is a First Amendment right that engages any literate bystander. It would be enough to carry a message that states exactly what it is that a protester stands for or against. However, the Women’s Marches show that modern protests require more than physical presence and traditional signs of dissent.
I asked a large group of librarians about their experiences with people hiding materials, defacing materials or stealing materials from the library. It was an informal request on social media so nothing scientific and I would have loved to follow up with more questions but I opted for brevity. Of the 100 comments posted, here are some of their responses.
Call to action from the Iowa Library Association leads to an explosion of #librarylove from librarians, readers and authors. “If you’re a library professional in the state of Iowa, help support library staff in Orange City. Send them your support. Make sure they know you have their back. ILA and ALA are working on this with them. Write letters to the local newspaper. Support via social media as well!” – Dan Chibnall
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.