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?
I recommend the book for anyone interested in the First Amendment and freedom of speech issues. The first half of the book is compelling and timeless while the last half of the book is specific to the current moment and political environment.
I just saw on a librarian Facebook page that a school librarian has just been dealing with another challenge to the Goosebumps series, yes in 2017! But thanks to positive support and a reasonable response to the challenge, Stine’s books are back on those shelves for the kids.
New Issue of the Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy;
Oakland Public Library takes action against Islamophobia;
Overdue fees: Barriers to access in school libraries
When discussing policy issues, I think we need to truly think about the decisions we make based on conflicting motives. An important one in school libraries is teaching responsibility versus instilling a love of reading. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about barriers to access for students in school libraries.
Intellectual freedom advocates have many reasons to be excited about the National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries that will be released at the AASL National Conference November 9-11. School librarians champion access to information and opportunities for all learners, and it’s never been clearer than in this iteration of our professional standards.
What is missing from much of the controversy is the real reason that NFL players are choosing to protest during the national anthem. Just as Rosa Parks’ protests were not about buses, these protests are not about the U.S. flag or the national anthem. They are, instead, about systemic racism, police misconduct, and the need for change in a country where it seems the only people free to exercise their First Amendment rights are white, male, and straight.
The FBI’s New U.S. Terrorist Threat: ‘Black Identity Extremists’
Anti-Semitic talk at library draws protesters
Wyomissing makes right call on book controversy
Challenges to books occasionally occur in academic libraries, but artwork is a more frequent target of challenges in academic libraries. I recently interviewed John Harer, an associate professor of library science at East Carolina University. In the 1990s he was working at Texas A&M when students launched a complaint about a piece of artwork that was hanging near the entrance of the library.