Author: Lisa Rand
School Librarians Can Protect Intellectual Freedom, an interview with April Dawkins
I felt fairly prepared to handle a materials challenge, but as I talk with other librarians, I see this is an area of great concern.
Happy Birthday, Sandra Cisneros
Author, poet, and artist Sandra Cisneros celebrates her birthday today.
Library Access Beyond English
Access is part of the intellectual freedom equation. Whether access is impaired by economic inequalities, print disabilities, physical challenges, or language differences, librarians should work to dismantle barriers.
Celebrating Banned Books Week at Central Washington University, Freedom to Read Foundation Grant Winner
When we looked at ALA’s Ten Most Challenged Books of 2019 and saw that 8 of the 10 most banned books were challenged for LGBTQIA+ themes, we knew that we should center LGBTQIA+ themes in our Banned Books Week programming.
Fighting Anti-Asian Racism: Tools for Libraries
When we provide library patrons with books that tell a fuller story about Asian American experience, we can help eliminate the conditions in which ignorance and fear flourish.
Fighting Censorship & Challenges to Powerful Teen Texts
Literature can provide youth and their teachers with meaningful tools for coping, discussing, and understanding. Library professionals have a duty to protect that access.
Voices for a More Complete Women’s History
This year many libraries will be marking the anniversary of the 19th Amendment. The anniversary presents an opportunity for uplifting and highlighting voices that have gone mostly unheard.
Happy birthday, Virginia Woolf
Woolf had a keen sense of the need for equitable access, access to both a physical space for thinking and to intellectual nourishment, in order for women to be empowered to create.
Community Theater & Artistic Freedom: An interview with Leena Devlin
“I believe theater is there to broaden your mind, to really look at the way you view the world to explore the idea that maybe you’re not looking at it as widely as you can.”
Supporting Intellectual Freedom Year-round: An interview with Ellie Diaz
Censorship happens every day. The more we draw attention to how these texts are challenged, the more we can position libraries as community cornerstones where differing points of view can exist in one place.