This week I’m writing about non-library intellectual freedom advocates. Groups that can help in the fight, or even lead the fight, for intellectual freedom. The Electronic Frontier Foundation is one of the most important civil liberties organizations around. Their motto is, “Defending Your Rights In The Digital World.” I want you to read the first paragraph from their about page and try to tell me that they are not kindred spirits!
Google…it’s a well-loved and well-used search site. While people around the world use Google to locate images, they may not know about the copyright issues accompanying those images. Here is information you may want to know before you use another image from a Google search: Just because it’s on Google, doesn’t mean it can be used for everything
As a long time public library director, I was familiar with many of the challenges in that realm. But my main takeaway from midwinter conversations with my colleagues is that today’s intellectual freedom hot spot is clearly our public schools.
“I’m so sorry you’re going through this.” “I’m here if you need to talk.” “Don’t read the comments.” “How can I help?” “What do you need?” A close friend of […]
As a specialist in intellectual property, I already knew that research articles were being compromised at an alarming rate. But the bad news has just kept on coming. R. G. Steen found that retractions have increased 10-fold in the last decade, most of them in medical journals.
by Joyce Johnston Twelve years after the global economic downturn cost Mario Costeja González his business property, his credit rating and his financial reputation, he had paid off his debts […]
Discussing intellectual freedom is a gift. Having the time to consider options and weigh exactly how a decision is going to play out is a gift. And it’s one of that often times, libraries simply don’t believe that they have the luxury of giving themselves. With staff stretched so thin, with money so tight, with so many programs going on, and with so little time in the day, many days (heck, many months) the goal is simply making it through while providing good service to the communities we serve.
Nearly half a century ago Justice Abe Fortas famously declared that students do not shed their constitutional right to freedom of speech at the schoolhouse gate. Yet public schools in […]
If you check your catalog for these picture books, where will you find them shelved? And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell This Day in June by […]
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 […]