Entries Tagged as ‘Office for Intellectual Freedom’

June 23, 2015

On Data and Confidentiality

This week a freelance journalist questioned ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom’s reputation and professionalism, because he was denied access to OIF’s proprietary database of challenge information.   It appears that his goal was to confirm his conclusion that And Tango Makes Three is the “most challenged book in America” and he believed that OIF should provide […]

May 6, 2015

Wanted: Bloggers

The Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), of the American Library Association (ALA), is seeking bloggers! The OIF Blog is undergoing a few updates and we are taking this opportunity to increase the quality, quantity, and variety of the content we share. We are composing a volunteer group that will consist of several members that alternate responsibility […]

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’ […]

January 9, 2015

IFRT accepting nominations for the 2015 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award

The American Library Association (ALA) Intellectual Freedom Round Table(IFRT) is seeking nominations for its 2015 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award. The Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award recognizes an intellectual freedom focused organization that has developed a strong multi-year, ongoing program or a single, one-year project that exemplifies support for intellectual freedom, patron […]

November 12, 2014

Nominations open for Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity

Librarians face adversity every day, whether they are defending a book that has been challenged or fighting to provide services on a limited budget. If you know a beleaguered librarian, now is your chance to give that person some much needed recognition by nominating them for the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with […]