Book challenges and authors accused of sexual misconduct; To Kill a Mockingbird; and Privacy and School Libraries
With my college students, I wanted to acknowledge challenging discussions that arise when we talk about books, and explain why I choose books that focus on social and cultural issues, and I want them to think about how they might address these issues in their own classrooms when they become teachers.
Controversial mural replaced at Springfield’s Dr. Seuss museum; New York won’t do business with ISPs not adhering to net neutrality principles; ALA Appoints Mary Ghikas as Executive Director through January 2020
OIF Seeks Information on 2017 Censorship Incidents; Libraries can help disrupt school-to-prison pipeline; Prisons are making new moves to control what books inmates can read
Meet the 2018 Intellectual Freedom Bloggers, Arizona can’t ban Mexican-American studies anymore, judge says , What does Facebook consider hate speech?
Green’s new novel ponders the many metaphors we use to describe pain, mental illness, and the narratives of our lives…but I left the book with my own new metaphor.
The Hate U Give Banned by Katy, Texas School District; OIF by the Numbers; Net Neutrality; and 2017 I Love My Librarian Award winners
Nominate yourself or your colleague for the Immroth Award which honors demonstrations of personal courage in defense of freedom of expression.
Intellectual freedom advocates need to do our part to reject the sensationalization of censorship. It’s not enough to lament the restriction of a book on social media or grumble about schools’ decisions. We need to discuss the central issue: teaching students to talk about controversial issues in and through literature.
OIF Blogging Opportunities for 2018, 50 Years of Intellectual Freedom and a new webinar, Privacy to Pornography: What Staff Need to Know about Intellectual Freedom