Intellectual Freedom News 2/24/17

Intellectual Freedom News

February 24, 2017 – Collated by OIF Staff and News Interns

Intellectual Freedom Highlights

  • Review your Library’s Policies and Procedures | Intellectual Freedom Blog; “The core value of librarianship is intellectual freedom (IF) — the belief, rooted in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, that the government will not establish or prohibit the free exercise of religion, infringe the people’s freedom of speech and right to peaceably assemble, or to prohibit the petitioning for governmental redress of grievances. In library terms, that means that the thoughtful institution has adopted — or will adopt — a solid framework for assuring access to the intellectual content of our culture. Policies matter, and setting in place a series of best practices will head off a lot of conflict.”




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Office for Intellectual Freedom News

  • The University of Maryland in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Library Development & Services, the American Library Association’s Center for the Future of Libraries, and CASA de Maryland, is recruiting librarians to participate in virtual focus groups in the upcoming months. The focus groups will address the challenges librarians face as information intermediaries and the resources that would best benefit them in serving in that role more effectively. If you are a librarian working in a public library, help us by participating in a virtual focus group to identify and address privacy challenges in the digital age. We’re developing a suite of educational and professional development resources for librarians and low-socioeconomic families to minimize risks to the privacy and security of individuals’ personal information.All participants will receive a $15 Amazon gift card. More information about this project can be found at Sign-up by completing this form
  • Oregon Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee receives the 2017 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award | ALA Member News

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