With the support of the OIF, we will stand up for the legal rights of our patrons; we will protect and empower our patrons in their quest for accurate information; we will seek diverse voices and the points of view of people who have been marginalized; and we will work to protect free access to books, government documents, music, and art.
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.
ALA’s 2017 Midwinter Meeting is in Atlanta, GA and the Office for Intellectual Freedom will be there staffing the different committee meetings and programs. Committee meetings and programs are open to any attendee, and are often a good way to learn about the business of ALA and its intellectual freedom initiatives.
Our handy bookmark checklist for the 2017 Banned Book Reading Challenge will move you beyond the goal of simply reading more, to reading more of “the good stuff;” the good stuff being those books that have been deemed controversial enough to contain hidden nuggets of imagination, inventiveness, and revelation about life and the human condition.
Interested in censorship? Freedom to read? Privacy? Are you a good writer? Creative? Engaging? Do you know how to balance text with graphics and hyperlinks? We’re looking for YOU!
The Office for Intellectual Freedom’s #ShelfieSunday was a success, thanks to the dedicated readers across the U.S. who participated. Here are some of our favorites…
ALA’s 2016 Annual Conference is in Orlando, FL and the Office for Intellectual Freedom will be there staffing the different committee meetings and programs.
Committee meetings and programs are open to any attendee, and are often a good way to learn about the business of ALA and its intellectual freedom initiatives.
Please take a moment as we welcome James LaRue as the new director for the ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom. Born and raised in Waukegan, IL, he’s spent the past 29 years in Colorado and recently relocated to Chicago to begin his new job in January. A lover of music, movies (Groundhog Day, Soapdish, Ex-Machina), breakfast anytime and Chicago hot dogs, he is a self proclaimed RE-reader, choosing to plow through a lot of the same books every year with favorites including: Heinlein, Connie Willis, Dorothy Savery, the Harry Potter series and the His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman. Director LaRue was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to answer a few more questions.
Thomas Paine wrote about ideas that were so controversial he was often imprisoned and fined, and almost executed. His works were banned in Europe and anyone who distributed, read or discussed his books faced prosecution. Starting this spring, the Office for Intellectual Freedom is working with Ian Ruskin to offer libraries an opportunity to provide screenings of To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine as a program for their communities.
We welcome the appointment of James LaRue, Director, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, and Executive Director, Freedom to Read Foundation, effective January 4, 2016. In his application, LaRue noted “My passion for this core principle of librarianship is tightly bound with my own history. For me, librarianship – and life – is predicated on a respect for the fundamental dignity of individual inquiry.”