Intellectual Freedom News 9/7/18

Intellectual Freedom News

September 7, 2018 – Collated by OIF Staff and News Editors

Intellectual Freedom Highlights

  • Dear Banned Author | What would you say to your favorite banned and challenged author? This Banned Books Week (September 23-29), we’re hosting a Dear Banned Author letter-writing campaign, and we hope you’ll join us! Visit the website to find author addresses, programming tools and printable postcards.
  • Seeking feedback from library community on meeting rooms document | OIF Blog; “The Intellectual Freedom Committee would appreciate feedback from the library community on this draft. ALA members and non-members alike are invited to provide feedback on the draft interpretation by September 14, 2018.”
  • Why We Still Need Banned Books Week | OIF Blog; “What critics of Banned Books Week may not realize is that oftentimes, removing a book from a library collection is, for some, tantamount to a straight-out ban. The library serves as a community information center, providing free books and resources for all citizens to utilize. Yes, patrons could still go buy the book, but what if their only way of reading new books is at the library?”
  • Data Collection and Privacy: Balancing Information Needs with Patron Protection | American Libraries: “While the goals of learning analytics projects may be noble, the practice has raised alarms among privacy advocates.”


Banned Books Week


See this week’s additional privacy news and updates on the Choose Privacy Everyday blog.

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