ALA President issues statement on White House budget; Beaverton School District (OR) bans book, Stick, from middle schools; Are Libraries Neutral? President’s Program tackles heavy subject from multiple angles
Springfield (MO) school district to review ‘The Hate U Give’ after parents complain; Residents speak out over library Pride displays; Judge rules that an inmate’s access to law library can be restricted by detention staff.
If you are attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver in February, the core team who worked on the toolkit will be having a panel discussion during the Symposium on the Future of Libraries. Join us for our one hour session, “The Front Lines of Intellectual Freedom: Protecting Your Pages with Policy.” The session will be held on Saturday, February 10, from 3-4 pm in room 404 of the Colorado Convention Center. Each attendee will receive a print copy of the toolkit.
Each week, we work to compile the news and organize it so it can be easily skimmed by those of you who subscribe to the blog. Recently, we’ve been comparing notes about what we’ve learned as we gather the Intellectual Freedom News during our first year working for OIF and we thought you, as the readers, might be interested in learning more about the process and our reflections. Here’s a sample of our recent conversations…
OIF to Showcase New Selection Policy Toolkit at Midwinter; the New Jim Crow book in American prisons; and the Golden Age of Free Speech
Trump demands that publisher halt release of critical book; ACLU targets schools on internet filtering; Utah Art teacher fired after showing nudes from classical paintings to students; Free printable 2018 calendars to advocate for intellectual freedom
Net Neutrality, The Hate U Give, and P is for Palestine
Holocaust denial books, museum art, ‘The Hate U Give’ banned by Texas school district, Oboler Award deadline extension
OIF posted a letter to Conejo Valley Unified School District about their opt-out policy.
These two cases highlight the importance of having policies and procedures in place, and when the policy is not followed, reaching out to intellectual freedom experts for support.