The library field is rife with the mindset of ‘we’ve always done it this way,’ which is why we typically lag behind and become late adopters, rather than pioneers we like to pride ourselves as being. Beyond the security measures HTTPS offers libraries and their patrons, there are other practical reasons for implementing the certificate and adopting tools needed to use library resources safely and efficiently.
Before she worked for ALA, Kristin experienced a very public and personal challenge to books when she was the young adult librarian at the West Bend Community Memorial Library. In her current position, Kristin has the opportunity to use this very difficult experience from her past to help librarians who are facing challenges today. Here is Kristin’s story.
Holocaust denial books, museum art, ‘The Hate U Give’ banned by Texas school district, Oboler Award deadline extension
Hurston’s book was the first novel published by an African-American woman, and her story of the search for love and self-identity is one that we can all relate to. As historical fiction with a specific setting, “The novel provides a rare glimpse into life as it was for some African Americans living in the Florida in the early 1900s, post-slavery.”
In this season of gift-giving, what intellectual freedom gift would public library directors most like to see in their communities?
Green’s new novel ponders the many metaphors we use to describe pain, mental illness, and the narratives of our lives…but I left the book with my own new metaphor.
Val Nye interviewed John Harer about a faculty member’s request to remove Holocaust denial books from a large academic library circulating collection. The incident they discussed happened in the mid-1990s, but has lasting ramifications today.
The New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Library are teaming up with the Metropolitan New York Library Council to bring digital privacy and data-security information to New York City’s 8.5 million residents.
With support from the NYC Mayor’s Office, the project will train the city’s front-line librarians to be able to answer questions about internet privacy and data security, ensuring that NYC residents can rely on public libraries for trusted and current information in this increasingly-important area.
The Hate U Give Banned by Katy, Texas School District; OIF by the Numbers; Net Neutrality; and 2017 I Love My Librarian Award winners
Guest post by Isabel Klein, a member of the Intellectual Freedom Round Table’s (IFRT) Coalition Building Committee. Charged with recognizing effective coalition building in state chapters and promoting the necessary framework to fight censorship at the ground level, IFRT has profiled Erin Kennedy, the chair of Idaho Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee.