July 14, 2017 – Collated by OIF Staff and News Interns Intellectual Freedom Highlights Sexual harassment and the internet | Intellectual Freedom Blog; “My correspondent made various misleading claims […]. […]
Last week, the California Library Association announced this year’s inductees into the California Library Hall of Fame. One of them is Tessa Kelso, the sixth head librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library. It’s worth looking back at this formidable librarian and an unusual episode in the history of intellectual freedom where she took the offensive against a would-be book burner by suing him… and winning.
As always, libraries try to follow the law, preserving the right of individuals to have access to constitutionally protected material. People have honest disagreements about just what that entails – including Supreme Court Justices. But librarians don’t have to apologize for standing up for the First Amendment.
It is ironically unsurprising that a book about freedom and choice would inspire some to want to limit readers’ freedom to choose to read it.
What LGBTQ books should be on your shelf? In celebration of GLBT Book Month, OIF joined Booklist, Gale Cengage, and the GLBT Round Table of the American Library Association in this free webinar on diverse collections.
Queering of the Library; Protect Net Neutrality; and Anchorage Library’s ‘No Porn’ Policy
Sometimes the inclusion of specific titles in those displays or the themes of the displays themselves can become points of controversy in our libraries.
Recently in The American Conservative, long-time conservative writer and pundit Rod Dreher wrote about ‘Queering the Public Library.’ Dreher, a resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, complained about the materials and programming offered by the Free Library of Philadelphia. At issue were those books and programs related to library’s Pride Month Celebration, including ‘information on bullying, safety, and coming out,’ ‘biographies of important LGBTQIA+ figures in the community,’ and two programs: a singer/songwriter celebrating diversity and a drag show.
Conejo Valley Unified School District; Intellectual freedom and open access: Working toward a common goal?; Open call for submissions to Journal of Intellectual Freedom & Privacy
Michael Zimmer, editor of the Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy is seeking talented writers and reviewers for publishing in this quarterly peer reviewed journal.