Entries Tagged as ‘General Interest’

May 21, 2015

Send us a photo of yourself with your favorite banned book and win a registration to ALA

(Cross posted from SAGE Publications) Are you a librarian who believes in wide access to literature? Are you willing to add your face to those who believe in the freedom to read? Would you also appreciate a free registration to an ALA conference? Then show us your enthusiasm and you could win!   From now […]

May 13, 2015

Your Child and Scary Books: Perspectives for Parents

By Rhona Campbell A photograph showing a mushroom cloud rising over a destroyed city. A poem that mentions Emmett Till. An illustration of a naked boy touching his penis. A character conceived in incest.  A monkey-like caricature of an ethnic stereotype. Osama bin Laden. The “n”-word. If you are a parent, you have probably encountered […]

November 12, 2014

Nominations open for Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity

Librarians face adversity every day, whether they are defending a book that has been challenged or fighting to provide services on a limited budget. If you know a beleaguered librarian, now is your chance to give that person some much needed recognition by nominating them for the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with […]

August 12, 2014

2014 edition of “Banned Books: Challenging our Freedom to Read” is now available at the ALA Store Online!

Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read, by Robert P. Doyle, is an essential reference for all who read, write, and work with books.  This updated and expanded 2014 edition, now available at the ALA Store Online, features a new, streamlined design that will make this an essential reference you’ll return to time and again. Librarians, […]

June 28, 2014

Sunday intellectual freedom meetings & programs @ #ALAAC14

Here’s your daily list of must-do events at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas! Sunday, June 29 Read A Banned Book at the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out (Day 2) When: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Where: right outside the Exhibit Hall Who: You! Why me?: On Saturday and Sunday, SAGE and OIF invite you to the […]

June 19, 2014

Happy 75th anniversary of the Library Bill of Rights!

Today we are pleased to commemorate the 75th anniversary of ALA’s adoption of the Library Bill of Rights on June 19, 1939 at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. The document – which is the basis for the work of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom – was created in the wake of several incidents of […]

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 […]

April 29, 2014

NJLA Intellectual Freedom Committee receives the 2014 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations award

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that The New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) is the recipient of the 2014 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award . The award will be presented to NJLA IFC and NJLA Executive Director Pat Tumulty and current President […]

February 11, 2013

IFAction Round-Up, February 4—10, 2013

The Office for Intellectual Freedom sponsors IFAction, an email list for those who would like updated information on news affecting intellectual freedom, censorship, privacy, access to information, and more. Click here to subscribe to this list. For an archive of all list postings since 1996, visit the IF Action archive. Below is a sample of articles from February 4—10, 2013.   Privacy […]

January 16, 2013

Sweater Vest Sunday Q&A

By popular demand, below are the answers to all of your Sweater Vest Sunday questions – including the burning question, “Why sweater vests???” Q.  What exactly is the point of Sweater Vest Sunday? To raise awareness — specifically among librarians, library workers, library trustees & Friends, and library supporters— about the importance of reporting challenges […]