Entries Tagged as ‘Censorship’

July 22, 2015

OIF webinar featuring Pat Scales and Jamie LaRue

  New Webinar! Mark your calendars for August 19th @ 1pm CST. Angry and Alarmed: Embracing the Concerned Parent We’re told that Step One for addressing any challenge or concern expressed about a book is listening. Which sounds easy enough but I’ve heard and seen librarians shut down the conversation with defensiveness and self-righteousness. I’ve […]

April 28, 2015

OIF protests removal of Absolutely True Diary from Waterloo, Iowa classrooms

Barbara Jones, director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom joined the Iowa Library Association’s Duncan Stewart (president) and Michael Wright (Intellectual Freedom Committee chair) in asking the Waterloo School District to adhere to its school board-approved reconsideration policy instead of pulling The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie from all of their middle school […]

April 17, 2015

2014 Most Frequently Challenged Books List

The Office for Intellectual Freedom released it’s top most frequently challenged books list of 2014 as part of the State of America’s Library report. In 2014, the OIF received 311 reports regarding attempts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves. Eight of the ten books featured on the 2014 Top Ten List […]

April 3, 2015

Pam Klipsch receives the 2015 John Philip Immroth Memorial Award

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that Pam Klipsch is the recipient of the 2015 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award. Klipsch has vigorously defended intellectual freedom throughout her library career.  For decades, she has served on the major committees and round tables within ALA devoted to intellectual freedom—the Intellectual Freedom […]

April 3, 2015

Delaware Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee receives the 2015 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award

  The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that the Delaware Library Association (DLA) Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) is the 2015 recipient of the Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award. The award will be presented to the Delaware Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee at the ALA Annual Conference […]

April 3, 2015

IFRT accepting nominations for 2016 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award

  The American Library Association (ALA) Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is seeking nominations for its 2016 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award. The biennial award is presented for the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom and consists of $500 and a citation. Nominations will be accepted through Dec. 1, 2015. The award […]

February 18, 2015

Newly Revealed Records Detail 2013 Decision to Remove Persepolis from CPS Classrooms

During the week of March 11, 2013, directives were issued by administrators at Chicago Public Schools’ Fullerton school network and Lane Tech High School to remove Marjane Sartrapi’s acclaimed graphic novel Persepolis from school libraries and classrooms on the grounds that the book contained inappropriate language and images. The directive to remove Persepolis from CPS’ […]

October 16, 2014

Highland Park, Texas censoring books based on ALA’s Most Frequently Challenged List

The Highland Park, TX Independent School District has been in the news recently regarding seven books that were unilaterally suspended last month from the English curriculum by Superintendent Dawson Orr. Opponents to several titles questioned how books are chosen for school assignments and they have demanded that books be removed until they have been re-approved by new committees.  On September 24, parents […]

October 3, 2014

Persepolis removed, then reinstated in Chatham, IL

It was a quiet but happy day when OIF was informed by librarian Susan Klontz that Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel Persepolis will continue to be read by Glenwood High School seniors in the small Central Illinois town of Chatham. Klontz contacted OIF after the book, which was assigned for a human rights unit, was recalled from the students […]

September 24, 2014

Midweek Round Up: Banned Books Week Across the Country

Cross-posted to bannedbooksweek.org We are already halfway through Banned Books Week, and the response has been overwhelming! There have been so many events, articles, and conversations that it’s hard to keep up. Once again the creativity of those marking this occasion continues to impress. Here are just a few standouts: Dav Pilkey, Creator of CAPTAIN […]