If removing patrons without library agreement becomes a new political policy or strategy, it would greatly harm intellectual freedom and the safe spaces that library workers have tirelessly worked to create. The Kansas City Public Library case from May could become a new tactic for suppression of “dangerous” talk.
December 9th, 2016 – Does the First Amendment protect fake news?
In these politically charged times, librarians and educators on every point of the political spectrum are mobilizing to create and share resources to support the civil discourse essential to maintaining intellectual freedom in our schools and community.
December 2nd, 2016 – Information about the new webinar on Student Rights, Protests and Free Speech; the unanimous decision to retain The Perks of Being a Wallflower at the Dubuque High School; and challenges to The God of Small Things, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Regulations have been proposed and are being considered by the Virginia Board of Education which would require local school districts to tell parents whenever books or textbooks contain “sexually explicit material” are being used for teaching.
November 28th, 2016 – New effort to label books “sexually explicit” in Virginia schools, hate speech in libraries, the right to be forgotten, and more…
With the Oxford Dictionaries announcing its 2016 Word of the Year “post-truth,” facts are now irrelevant and only personal response matters.
November 18, 2016; Happy birthday Margaret Atwood, Privacy post-election, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Texas BOE rejects MAS textbook, and more…
With things being said, written, and shared that fall under the First Amendment and intellectual freedom post-election, intent and context are crucial.
For every loophole that gets closed, it seems like there are five new ones that emerging technology enable for exploitation. If the internet is a service that libraries provide and privacy is something libraries believe individuals should have when browsing, then there is a lot of work to do.