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
To Kill a Mockingbird banned in Biloxi, MS
ALA files comments to Department of Homeland Security
YA Novel About “Mob Mentalities” Punished After Online Backlash
Intellectual freedom advocates have many reasons to be excited about the National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries that will be released at the AASL National Conference November 9-11. School librarians champion access to information and opportunities for all learners, and it’s never been clearer than in this iteration of our professional standards.
The FBI’s New U.S. Terrorist Threat: ‘Black Identity Extremists’
Anti-Semitic talk at library draws protesters
Wyomissing makes right call on book controversy
Books for 8th grade only: Reasonable or infringing on accessibility?
California School District Reaffirms Support for Teacher Who Read Transgender Books.
Controversial speaker coming to campus?
Celebrate September 24-30!
Two free webinars, White supremacist group sues university over refusal to rent room for speech and Al Franken pushing FCC to keep internet protections
Politics in the classroom isn’t new, but it does feel different this year. The violence in Charlottesville coincided with the back to school rush, and our nation’s violent partisan reality looms as a silent force in many teachers’ and students’ minds.
District judge finds Arizona anti-ethnic studies law violates Fourteenth and First Amendments; Should protesters be allowed to have guns? Transgender reveal in kindergarten class leaves parents feeling “betrayed”; And 30 days until Banned Books Week!