I Am Jazz, This Day in June and The Liberation of Gabriel King
Charlottesville, Hate Speech, LGBT Library Displays and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Approved in Conejo Valley
How do educators create a society of readers? It’s not by restricting reading to an accepted range of Lexile levels or only books that have a quiz attached to them. Reading levels can be a useful tool to assist in guiding a child to the right book for them, but when those numbers become the only determining factor of what is acceptable to read, we have a problem.
51 days until Banned Books Week! New Media Literacy Initiative. And a joint statement on libraries and equity, diversity and inclusion.
“Perfect Chemistry” banned in Colorado, free webinar for Banned Books Week, and new resolutions and interpretations adopted at ALA’s annual conference in Chicago.
Queering of the Library; Protect Net Neutrality; and Anchorage Library’s ‘No Porn’ Policy
Sometimes the inclusion of specific titles in those displays or the themes of the displays themselves can become points of controversy in our libraries.
New London – Spicer School District keeps The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
The decision to pull all of the yearbooks smacks of viewpoint discrimination. Justice William Brennan in his dissent on Hazelwood v Kuhlmeier warned that the decision to protect students from controversial or sensitive topics is actually “camouflage” for viewpoint discrimination: “Even in its capacity as educator the State may not assume an Orwellian ‘guardianship of the public mind.”
Drag queens, late fees, Sherman Alexie and Net Neutrality