Librarians and teachers have a critical and ongoing role to play in educating students and patrons about the First Amendment.
When I started thinking on the subject of roleplaying as it pertains to intellectual freedom, my first thought was to write about the lasting stigma that roleplaying games still have today. Dungeons and Dragons is, for some folks, still misconstrued as some kind of occult initiation, and because of that, roleplaying games in general might be perceived the same way.
This was the most powerful experience I have ever had of the people’s right to assemble, of the people’s right to free speech and freedom of expression! While there was certainly some negativity, most of what we saw, heard, and experienced was positive and hopeful.
Challenges to Eleanor & Park, Gutless, The Glass Castle, and This Book is Gay; Why was Juno Dawson uninvited to a school in the UK? And a special Black History Month webinar from the Freedom to Read Foundation about Libraries in the Jim Crow South and the story of a nine black students arrested for using a whites-only library.
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.