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Intellectual Freedom News

March 23, 2016

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  • CALL FOR BLOGGERS ON FILTERING CONFIGURATION – The Federal Communication Commission has significantly increased erate funding. Some libraries will find the near certainty of getting new money very appealing. The funding comes with strings, however: the requirement to install filters to attempt to block child pornography, obscenity, and content that is harmful to minors. I’d be curious to find out from our readers who has actually installed a filter, which filter they chose, and what decisions they had to make as part of installation. Blogging about that process could prove most helpful to other librarians. Interested? Contact Jamie LaRue at, or call 312-280-4222.
  • Applications are now open for the 2016 Conable Conference Scholarship sponsored by the Freedom to Read Foundation. (FTRF). The Conable Conference Scholarship provides funding for an LIS student or recent graduate to attend the American Library Association’s Annual Conference. The 2016 ALA Annual Conference will be held in Orlando, FL, June 23-28, 2016. Application deadline: April 8, 2016 5pm CST. Winners will be announced in early April, 2016. To apply visit:
  • Applications for the BBW Krug Fund Grants are now open! Since 2010, the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund has disbursed grants to organizations to assist them stage “Read-Outs”, other events, or programming during Banned Books Week. The 2016 Banned Books Week: September 25 – October 1, 2016. Grant application deadline: May 15, 2016


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