Intellectual Freedom News 4/21/2017

Intellectual Freedom News

April 21, 2017 – Collated by OIF Staff and News Interns

Intellectual Freedom Highlights

  • Preserving government websites with ‘End of Term Presidential Harvest’ | OIF Blog; “Legally, there isn’t an agency or department responsible for preserving government websites. In order to avoid the loss of historic information and internet content, the End of Term Presidential Harvest has become a regular activity undertaken by librarians and archivists across the country.”
  • Banned Books Week grants from the Freedom to Read FoundationA call to protect academic freedom | OIF Blog; “Institutions of higher education are seeing an increasing number of challenges to the principles of academic freedom that have seemingly been embedded in higher education since the establishment of American universities … This notion, however, that academic freedom has always existed in academic institutions in the United States is inaccurate.”
  • Need help getting your Banned Books Week program off the ground? The Freedom to Read Foundation is awarding $1,000-$2,500 grants to support events during Banned Books Week. Grantees also receive a Banned Books Week promo-kit, filled with new Banned Books Week productsApply by May 12.


  • Parents may get new way to challenge school textbooks | Orlando Sentinel (FL); “Under the proposed bills (HB 989 and SB 1210), residents could more easily object to books, textbooks and other classroom materials, review volumes in school libraries and, if needed, argue their views before an ‘unbiased and qualified hearing officer’ who could deem the items unsuitable and require they not be used.”
  • Court gives no first amendment protection to competition art at U.S. Capitol | Law Professor Blogs Network; “Judge John D. Bates (D.D.C.) ruled today that a student whose painting was displayed at the U.S. Capitol after winning a congressional art competition enjoyed no First Amendment right against the Architect of the Capitol when the Architect took the painting down based on its viewpoint. Judge Bates said that the painting amounted to government speech, and that it was therefore not protected by the First Amendment.”

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