Stick by Andrew Smith

The “Uncompromising” Compromise of Beaverton School District’s Book Ban

Beaverton School District is creating quite a buzz but for all the wrong reasons. Parents and teachers recently received notice that the school’s superintendent decided to ban Andrew Smith’s young adult novel, Stick, from the majority of its students. Read the letter from ALA and the Oregon Library Association.

Luna Roja, painting by artist Adriana Gallegos (1998)

Xicanas/Latinas and Intellectual Freedom in College: When Reading is Political

As information communities, as librarians, and educators, information literacy principles and first amendment freedoms are at the core to motivating students in college. Confronting self-censorship, academic development, and the ability to practice intellectual freedom is what Xicana/Latina students encounter in higher education.

Kendi, I., & Nation Books, I. [Author Photo]. Retrieved August 7, 2017, from

The Interview Project: A Conversation with Historian Ibram X. Kendi

One of the benefits of writing for the Office of Intellectual Freedom, this past year, has been to recognize the amazing work done by a variety of people who continually promote and protect the right of free expression in this country. The work of advocating, facilitating and protecting intellectual freedoms is important activity, and is often carried out by everyday people. I thought it would be useful to speak with those whose work is dependent on intellectual freedom, and how libraries impact who they are and what they do.


The Mass Book Banning in Texas Prisons

If we are truly standing for intellectual freedom, which includes the freedom to read, we must also extend our efforts to people in prison. While outrage on behalf of censorship in schools or public libraries is easier in many ways, if we ignore this issue in Texas prisons, we are absolutely neglecting the over 2 million Americans imprisoned nationwide.

"We the people protect each other." Shepard Fairey red, white, blue image of African American child with long dreadlocks.

The Moral of the Story: Dialogue Cures Didacticism

Last month the question of didactic art in schools was in the spotlight when Shepard Fairey’s “We the People” posters were removed from Carroll County Public Schools classrooms after complaints that the posters were anti-Trump. School officials claimed the posters violated the district’s policy against political speech by teachers in classrooms.