Entries Tagged as ‘Special Events’

June 12, 2014

Black Caucus of the ALA statement on “The Speaker” sponsorship

In response to several requests to elaborate on the Black Caucus of the ALA’s (BCALA) decision to cosponsor the upcoming ALA Conference program, “Speaking about the Speaker,” BCALA president Jerome Offord, Jr. wrote an open letter to the library community detailing the organization’s reasoning.  Here’s a key excerpt from the letter: “As our governance structure permits, a proposal […]

June 3, 2014

Zoia Horn and Dorothy Broderick on “The Speaker”

Continuing our look at the 1977 film The Speaker and the controversy surrounding it, we call your attention to opinions from two key players: Dorothy Broderick and Zoia Horn.  The two women, both fierce and celebrated defenders of “intellectual freedom” as a concept, had remarkably disparate views on the film, its message, and its utility. Broderick, the legendary librarian, […]

May 30, 2014

Barbara Jones article on “The Speaker” program

American Libraries magazine blog The Scoop has uploaded the article penned by OIF Executive Director Barbara Jones announcing the conference program on The Speaker. I was a student at Columbia University’s School of Library Service at the time, and my professors advocated on both sides of the issue. …  Recently, I was warned by members who […]

May 28, 2014

Resources for “The Speaker” program

The ALA Library has very helpfully put together a pathfinder of resources relevant to the ongoing discussion around “Speaking About ‘The Speaker,’” the upcoming IFC/AAP program at ALA Annual Conference. Included in the pathfinder: the link to the film and the accompanying discussion guide, a film chronology, a bibliography of articles about the film and […]

May 22, 2014

Viewing and speaking about “The Speaker” at ALA Annual Conference

How can understanding past conflicts inform our ability to understand current issues?   How should libraries and librarians grapple with uncomfortable history, unpopular ideas, and inflammatory speakers and programs in the 21st century? To help us deal with those questions, the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee and the Association of American Publishers will present a program […]

March 28, 2014

“404 Day” next Friday: EFF sponsoring teach-in on internet filtering in libraries

Via Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), next Friday is April 4, aka 4/04, or 404. On that day, the EFF is sponsoring a “digital teach-in” about internet filtering in libraries and the Children’s Internet Protection Act.  OIF Deputy Director Deborah Caldwell-Stone will join Sarah Houghton (San Rafael Public Library/Librarian in Black blog) and Chris Peterson (MIT’s Center […]

March 26, 2014

FTRF Krug Fund Banned Books Week event grant applications now open

Cross-posted on Freedom to Read Foundation Blog Applications for Banned Books Week 2014 event grants via the Freedom to Read Foundation’s Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund are now open.  Applications will be accepted through April 30.Click here to apply: http://www.ftrf.org/?2014_KrugBBW.  Here are the application guidelines: Krug Fund Banned Books Week event grant application guidelines 1. Event outline should […]

March 12, 2014

‘Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your Public Library’ receives the 2014 Eli M. Oboler Award

  The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that “Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your Public Library: Scenarios from the Front Lines” by June Pinnell-Stephens is the recipient of the 2014 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award. The award will be presented to Pinnell-Stephens at the ALA Annual Conference in Las […]

October 24, 2013

Stop Watching Us: Join the Rally Against Mass Surveillance

This Saturday, October 26th, on the 12th anniversary of the signing of the USA PATRIOT Act, StopWatching.us, a coalition of over 100 advocacy organizations and individuals across the political spectrum (including the American Library Association) will host the largest rally against against NSA surveillance in Washington, DC. Beginning at 12PM, in front of Union Station, marchers will deliver […]

July 29, 2013

Tomorrow: Free Google Hangout “Revisiting CIPA 10 Years Later”

Re-posted from ALA Washington Office’s District Dispatch Blog Join us tomorrow for “Revisiting CIPA 10 Years Later,” a national online symposium that will consider the impact of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) on access to electronic information. Librarians nationwide can join the virtual conversation with two Google Hangouts on Tuesday, July 30. The first […]