Entries from March 2012

March 30, 2012

IFAction Round Up, March 23-29, 2012

OIF sponsors IFAction, an email list for those who would like updated information on news affecting intellectual freedom, censorship, privacy, access to information, and more. To subscribe to this list, visit http://lists.ala.org/wws/subscribe/ifaction. For an archive of all postings to the list since 1996, visit http://lists.ala.org/wws/arc/ifaction. Below is a sample of articles from March 23-29, 2012. Access Occupy […]

March 29, 2012

PLA puts on great conference in Philly – an IF overview

Kudos to the Public Library Association for a very well-run and informative conference earlier this month in Philadelphia! The week was chock-full of intellectual freedom offerings, including several programs featuring OIF staff and member leaders. Of particular interest to me was the recurring theme in several sessions of challenges to library materials that go unreported. This […]

March 27, 2012

State Intellectual Freedom Committee report: Missouri

Periodically, the OIF Blog features profiles of the intellectual freedom activities from ALA’s state chapters. Our fifth featured state is Missouri. The entire series can be found here.   The Statement on Intellectual Freedom from the Missouri Library Association’s Handbook was revised in December, 2011. “The Missouri Library Association is directly concerned with the freedom of all […]

March 26, 2012

SXSW: In Conclusion

Earlier this month, OIF Director Barbara Jones attended her  first SXSW in Austin.  Here’s the fourth and final installment of her blog posts from the event.  See the other three here, here and here. This is my last blog post on SXSW.  Thank you to those who wrote me about the other three!  Upon one week’s reflection, I believe that […]

March 23, 2012

IFAction Round Up, March 19-22, 2012

OIF sponsors IFAction, an email list for those who would like updated information on news affecting intellectual freedom, censorship, privacy, access to information, and more. To subscribe to this list, visit http://lists.ala.org/wws/subscribe/ifaction. For an archive of all postings to the list since 1996, visit http://lists.ala.org/wws/arc/ifaction. Below is a sample of articles from March 19-22, 2012. Censorship Three […]

March 23, 2012

American Libraries covers the Merritt Fund

Check out this American Libraries article about a recent grant given by the LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund to a Nebraska librarian. Too many librarians still don’t know about the Merritt Fund and the support it provides.  Please help us spread the word to those who might need assistance!  (Grants are kept strictly confidential, but […]

March 22, 2012

Choose Privacy Week materials available now from the ALA Store

Choose Privacy Week is May 1-7, 2012.   The theme for this year’s CPW is “Freedom from Surveillance” – and we’ve got some great graphics for your library.  Get your posters, bookmarks, buttons, resource guide, and DVD at the ALA Store.  Order by April 12 to receive your materials in time using standard shipping.

March 21, 2012

SXSW: Privacy – A Hot Topic at Interactive

Last week, OIF Director Barbara Jones attended her  first SXSW in Austin.  Here’s the third installment of her blog posts from the event.  See the other two here and here. Privacy advocates, we have our work cut out for us!  There were plenty of programs on privacy, and not always very big audiences.  Some of the big players, like Google […]

March 21, 2012

Applications open for 2012 Banned Books Week event grants, sponsored by FTRF’s Judith Krug Fund

Applications are now open for the 2012 Judith Krug Fund Banned Books Week event grants, sponsored by the Freedom to Read Foundation. Grants in the amount of $2,500 and $1,000 will be given to organizations in support of “Read-Outs” or other activities that celebrate Banned Books Week (Sept. 30 – Oct. 6, 2012). Applications for the grants will be accepted […]

March 20, 2012

Reporting Challenges: A Quick How-to Video

OIF produced the following short video, which explains the process of reporting challenges to library or school materials, and also answers some common questions about what information we collect and what kind of assistance we provide. Enjoy! Report a challenge or download our free “Defend the Freedom to Read” artwork by visiting www.ala.org/challengereporting.

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