When I started thinking on the subject of roleplaying as it pertains to intellectual freedom, my first thought was to write about the lasting stigma that roleplaying games still have today. Dungeons and Dragons is, for some folks, still misconstrued as some kind of occult initiation, and because of that, roleplaying games in general might be perceived the same way.
This was the most powerful experience I have ever had of the people’s right to assemble, of the people’s right to free speech and freedom of expression! While there was certainly some negativity, most of what we saw, heard, and experienced was positive and hopeful.
OIF sat down with actor Ian Ruskin to talk about the controversial past of Thomas Paine, his history with book censorship and why libraries are the best places to host these discussions.
Forbidden Culture Week 2016 was curated and hosted by librarians, but it explored issues far beyond traditional libraries. There were 30 events during the week that explored writing, music, art, and the internet, with events led by musicians, historians, scholars, librarians, and writers.
With the support of the OIF, we will stand up for the legal rights of our patrons; we will protect and empower our patrons in their quest for accurate information; we will seek diverse voices and the points of view of people who have been marginalized; and we will work to protect free access to books, government documents, music, and art.
How are librarians’ careers impacted when they experience a significant material challenge in their library? I decided to ask some librarians about their careers following a challenge. I contacted librarians who experienced a challenge in their library 10 or more years ago, and asked them some questions about their career paths. The following is an interview with Johanna Freivalds at the Eileen Johnson Middles School in Lockwood, Montana.
Whenever a controversy about the N-word in a work of art makes the news — as it has recently with Cherry Hill High School East’s recent debate about whether to allow the production of ‘Ragtime: The Musical’ to proceed as written — I find myself debating with pieces of my own identity. How would I respond if this controversy entered my community?
As adherents and defenders of the idea of intellectual freedom, librarians — both public and academic — are in a position of strength to shape the debates roiling through our communities … This is not about liberal or conservative; this is about demagoguery taking root. The strange case of Hans Fallada need not be repeated.
In October, a parent in Issaquah, WA objected at the district school board meeting to the inclusion of ‘Mangaman’ in the high school library.
OIF condemns the attempt to silence the scientific community. The people pay for the EPA, and are entitled to hear from it, unfiltered by the biases of the current administration.