"Harry Potter" words in distinctive movie font, with lightning bolt on the step of the P.

A Birthday Chat About Intellectual Freedom with Harry Potter

As I get ready to celebrate Harry Potter’s 31st birthday on July 31 (yes, the book was published twenty years ago, but his “real” birthday is July 31, and he was eleven when he was “born” into the literary landscape), I’ve decided to indulge myself in a little fanfic interview with the adult Chosen One about intellectual freedom.

Intellectual Freedom and Advocacy Bootcamp

IF & Advocacy Boot Camp at TLA 2017

As chair of the Texas Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee for 2016-2017, part of my responsibilities included planning IF-related programming for the TLA Annual Conference in San Antonio in April 2017. The committee had decided that we wanted some basic instruction on what intellectual freedom is and why it’s important in our daily library lives.

Carl Rottmann, Scylla and Charybdis. Photo. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. quest.eb.com/search/109_247042/1/109_247042/cite.

Rowing in the Vortex: the Endurance of George Orwell

The novel, 1984, is experiencing a resurgence in the wake of the scandalous language, and ideas emanating from Washington D.C. over the past few months. A democratic minded public has little patience with the idea of ‘alternate facts.’ … In recognition of the importance of this imaginative act, theaters across the country and the globe are choosing to provide free screenings of Michael Radford’s film version of ‘1984.’