Intellectual Freedom News – 2/10/2017

Intellectual Freedom News

February 10, 2017 – Collated by OIF Staff and News Interns

Intellectual Freedom Highlights

  • New checklists provide practical steps to protect patron privacy | ALA; “The American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) approved seven new “privacy checklists” at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia to help libraries of all types and capacities take practical steps to protect patron privacy.”
  • Conversation before controversy: The N-word on stage | OIF Blog; “But maybe conversations about the N-word are not about an absolute right or wrong. Maybe it doesn’t have to be intellectual freedom versus racial sensitivity, copyright versus sensitive revision. Maybe it should be about having these conversations sooner, more often, and with more listening.”
  • First Amendment Support Climbing Among High School Students | New York Times; Ninety-one percent of the students may support the right to express unpopular opinions in general, but only half as many — 45 percent — support that right when the speech in question is offensive to others and made in public. Bullying speech enjoys slightly less backing, and students are even less supportive of either kind of speech when it’s delivered on social media.


Hate Crimes in Libraries



Net Neutrality

First Amendment Issues

Around the Web

International Issues

Office for Intellectual Freedom News

  • Report Censorship: Defend the public’s freedoms
  • Webinar: Libraries in the Jim Crow South and A Conversation with One of the Tougaloo Nine; In celebration of Black History Month, join Civil Rights activist Geraldine Hollis (author of “Back to Mississippi”) and author Cheryl Knott (“Not Free, Not for All: Public Libraries in the Age of Jim Crow”), along with artist, Michael Crowell and Chapel Hill Library Director, Susan Brown, for an engaging and educational conversation on the history of libraries and life in the Jim Crow South.The Jim Crow laws were in effect in the U.S. South from 1890-1965. During that time, libraries were one of many segregated institutions. Geraldine Hollis (then Edwards), a student at Tougaloo College in Mississippi, was one of nine students arrested at the white public library in Jackson for attempting to read books that were not available at the colored library. The webinar is sponsored by the Freedom to Read Foundation.

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