OIF sat down with actor Ian Ruskin to talk about the controversial past of Thomas Paine, his history with book censorship and why libraries are the best places to host these discussions.
Forbidden Culture Week 2016 was curated and hosted by librarians, but it explored issues far beyond traditional libraries. There were 30 events during the week that explored writing, music, art, and the internet, with events led by musicians, historians, scholars, librarians, and writers.
The role of libraries in preserving intellectual freedom, as well as the integrity of our collections and interactions we have with patrons, is based on critical thinking and clear-eyed reasoning, not the convenience of a hyperlink.
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.
How are librarians’ careers impacted when they experience a significant material challenge in their library? I decided to ask some librarians about their careers following a challenge. I contacted librarians who experienced a challenge in their library 10 or more years ago, and asked them some questions about their career paths. The following is an interview with Johanna Freivalds at the Eileen Johnson Middles School in Lockwood, Montana.
New Privacy Checklists, Webinar on Libraries in the Jim Crow South, A Bad Boy Can Be Good For a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone, and a defiled prayer rug in Michigan.
Gutless and Animal Farm removed. Protecting Teen Privacy. Filtering Library Wi-Fi. Rowling Responds to Burning Harry Potter Books. And the Riots at Berkeley
Whenever a controversy about the N-word in a work of art makes the news — as it has recently with Cherry Hill High School East’s recent debate about whether to allow the production of ‘Ragtime: The Musical’ to proceed as written — I find myself debating with pieces of my own identity. How would I respond if this controversy entered my community?
The Columbia Journalism Review recently discussed how the news media could learn a lot from librarians and the framework, and set of principles, we’ve developed for dealing with the onslaught of digital information. But the truth is that in a culture devoted to the free flow of information and free expression, we learn best when we learn from each other.
As adherents and defenders of the idea of intellectual freedom, librarians — both public and academic — are in a position of strength to shape the debates roiling through our communities … This is not about liberal or conservative; this is about demagoguery taking root. The strange case of Hans Fallada need not be repeated.