Entries Tagged as ‘Office for Intellectual Freedom’

September 16, 2014

Affirm the Freedom to Read During Banned Books Week, Sept. 21-27, 2014

It may surprise some to find out there are hundreds of reported attempts to ban books every year in the United States. It may be even more astounding for them to hear that since 1990, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has received reports of more than 18,000 attempts to remove […]

September 3, 2014

You’re invited to a free webinar: Regional Issues for Banned Books in 2014

Cross-posted to SAGE Connection Blog Wednesday, September 24, 9am PT/12pm ET In 2013, there were 307 reported requests for books to be removed from America’s libraries, potentially putting those volumes out of reach of students, readers, and learners of all types. While every corner of the map faces unique issues related to library censorship, these issues also catalyze […]

September 2, 2014

New books spotlight intellectual freedom challenges and triumphs for kids in time for Banned Books Week

The annual Banned Books Week, held Sept. 21−27 this year, celebrates the freedom to read. In addition to purchasing a copy of Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read, by Robert P. Doyle, to help learn more about the state of literary censorship in America, check out two new titles published by ALA Editions that spotlight both the challenges […]

August 12, 2014

2014 edition of “Banned Books: Challenging our Freedom to Read” is now available at the ALA Store Online!

Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read, by Robert P. Doyle, is an essential reference for all who read, write, and work with books.  This updated and expanded 2014 edition, now available at the ALA Store Online, features a new, streamlined design that will make this an essential reference you’ll return to time and again. Librarians, […]

June 29, 2014

Monday intellectual freedom meetings & programs @ #ALAAC14

Here’s your daily list of must-do events at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas! Monday, June 30 Now Showing @ ALA: The Speaker…A Film About Freedom When: 8:00-10:00 a.m. Where: LVCC-N242 Who: Cinephiles, cinephobes, idealists & contrarians Why me?: In advance of IFC’s Monday program, “Speaking about ‘The Speaker’,” we invite you to join us at a […]

June 28, 2014

Sunday intellectual freedom meetings & programs @ #ALAAC14

Here’s your daily list of must-do events at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas! Sunday, June 29 Read A Banned Book at the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out (Day 2) When: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Where: right outside the Exhibit Hall Who: You! Why me?: On Saturday and Sunday, SAGE and OIF invite you to the […]

June 27, 2014

Saturday intellectual freedom meetings & programs @ #ALAAC14

Here’s your daily list of must-do events at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas! Saturday, June 28 Read A Banned Book at the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out When: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Where: right outside the Exhibit Hall Who: You! Why me?: On Saturday and Sunday, SAGE and OIF invite you to the Banned Books […]

June 19, 2014

Happy 75th anniversary of the Library Bill of Rights!

Today we are pleased to commemorate the 75th anniversary of ALA’s adoption of the Library Bill of Rights on June 19, 1939 at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. The document – which is the basis for the work of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom – was created in the wake of several incidents of […]

June 12, 2014

Black Caucus of the ALA statement on “The Speaker” sponsorship

In response to several requests to elaborate on the Black Caucus of the ALA’s (BCALA) decision to cosponsor the upcoming ALA Conference program, “Speaking about the Speaker,” BCALA president Jerome Offord, Jr. wrote an open letter to the library community detailing the organization’s reasoning.  Here’s a key excerpt from the letter: “As our governance structure permits, a proposal […]

June 3, 2014

Zoia Horn and Dorothy Broderick on “The Speaker”

Continuing our look at the 1977 film The Speaker and the controversy surrounding it, we call your attention to opinions from two key players: Dorothy Broderick and Zoia Horn.  The two women, both fierce and celebrated defenders of “intellectual freedom” as a concept, had remarkably disparate views on the film, its message, and its utility. Broderick, the legendary librarian, […]

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