These two cases highlight the importance of having policies and procedures in place, and when the policy is not followed, reaching out to intellectual freedom experts for support.
There are probably numerous technology solutions, both high tech and low, that can help to stop these situations from arising. However, when thinking about these issues, it is also a good time to consider how much information the library needs from individuals in the first place.
OIF Blogging Opportunities for 2018, 50 Years of Intellectual Freedom and a new webinar, Privacy to Pornography: What Staff Need to Know about Intellectual Freedom
Librarians are information and knowledge facilitators, and we don’t need to forget that facilitating the knowledge of our core values and ethics to new staff members is never a waste of time that could be placed in something more “practical.” Instead, it is investing in the very foundation of the future of the field.
The events in Charlottesville have heightened public awareness of white supremacist organizations and their music, merchandise and online presence. There has also been a renewed interest in leading technology company platforms and the ways in which they host and profit from the activities of groups that identify with white supremacy.
Interested in censorship? Freedom to read? Privacy? Are you a good writer? Creative? Engaging? Do you know how to balance text with graphics and hyperlinks? We’re looking for YOU!
Permission slips for To Kill a Mockingbird in Biloxi, When can private entities censor speech? Securing Patron Privacy, an upcoming ALCTS webinar
For a period of almost sixty years, the CMAA’s Comics Code attempted and largely succeeded in regulating the content of American comic books.
To Kill a Mockingbird banned in Biloxi, MS
ALA files comments to Department of Homeland Security
YA Novel About “Mob Mentalities” Punished After Online Backlash
Since its publication in 1960, Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird has been challenged and banned in schools and libraries all over the country. What can you do to help the students of Biloxi Public Schools?