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.
Although fake news has always existed, it has recently been thrust into the limelight for its role in the contemporary political conversation as it plays out on social media. This in turn has led for some to call for a crackdown on purveyors of fake news.
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.
Far more than just “keepers of the printed book” (our original job description), we are now, perhaps more than ever, guardians of our teens’ emotional as well as intellectual needs. A large part of our job responsibility is to provide a safe space, a blanket of warmth and comfort, a plethora of intellectual and emotional resources to the young adults we serve.
With the summer movie release of a frequently challenged children’s book, librarians can expect an increase in visibility and circulation of the series.
The new issue of the Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy, Vol. 1, No. 2-3, is now live and available to subscribers online.
“North Korea’s Hidden Revolution” shows how a new society evolved, based on providing information and entertainment to those hungry for a life outside of what is shown to them.
If removing patrons without library agreement becomes a new political policy or strategy, it would greatly harm intellectual freedom and the safe spaces that library workers have tirelessly worked to create. The Kansas City Public Library case from May could become a new tactic for suppression of “dangerous” talk.