Intellectual Freedom Programs at Annual: Your Comprehensive List


We’ve blogged about all of our programs coming up in the next week for ALA Annual here in Chicago. Below the break, find them listed chronologically, with time and room number, and a brief description.

Thursday, July 9

Freedom to Read Foundation Members Reception

Hyatt Regency Chicago (151 E. Wacker), Grand Ballroom D

5:00 – 6:30 PM

Come mingle with other Freedom to Read Foundation supporters. Light appetizers and a cash bar will be provided. If you’re not a member, you can join at the door!

Friday, July 10th

IF 101

McCormick Place West, W-194a

5:00-6:00 PM

OIF, FTRF, IFRT, IFC, COPE. What does it all mean? Find out here, where ALA’s intellectual freedom luminaries will discuss the work of these groups and how to get involved with intellectual freedom activities at ALA.

Judith F. Krug Memorial Service

Hyatt Regency Chicago (151 E. Wacker), Grand Ballroom A

6:00 -7:00 PM

Please join us as we remember the life and work of our visionary leader, Judith F. Krug.

Saturday, July 11th

Libraries, Librarians, and America’s War on Sex

McCormick Place West, W-178a

1:30 – 3:30 PM

Join the Intellectual Freedom Round Table and Marty Klein as he discusses the role sexually explicit material plays in libraries and the country as a whole.

Sunday, July 12

Alice Down the YouTube: Ethical Training in the Online Wonderland

McCormick Place West, W-185

1:30 – 3:00 PM

Join the creators of YouTube videos that take on ethical dilemmas in the library! Panelists will discuss their videos, ethical training in the 2.0 world, and how to connect with your audience.

Monday, July 13th

Intellectual Freedom on the Front Lines: West Bend Library Supporters Share Their Story

McCormick Place West, W-194a

8:00-10:00 AM

The West Bend Library in West Bend, Wisconsin faced an onslaught of challenges earlier this year – including a lawsuit demanding that Lia Francesca Block’s Baby Be-Bop be publicly burned. We have invited some of the library’s key supporters to share their insights.

Privacy in an Era of Change

McCormick Place West, W-474

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

We have assembled a panel of thought-leaders on privacy – Mary Ellen Callahan (Department of Homeland Security), Jeff Jarvis (What Would Google Do?), and David Sobel (Electronic Frontier Foundation) – to discuss the balance of privacy, security, and civil liberties in today’s digital age.

My, Those Novels Certainly Are… Graphic!!!

McCormick Place West, W-184

1:30 – 3:30 PM

From the Comics Code to recent cases involving obscenity and child pornography charges, graphic novels seems to always be under the censors’ microscope. Neil Gaiman, Terry Moore, and Craig Thompson will discuss the effect of censorship on comics. Moderated by Charles Brownstein, director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Reception for a Cause

Hilton Chicago (720 S. Michigan), DuSable Suite, #2567

5:30 – 7:00 PM

Please join other supporters of the LeRoy C. Merritt Fund as we celebrate another year of assisting librarians who are facing discrimination or defending intellectual freedom. Appetizers and wine will be served.

This list only reflects those programs sponsored by IFC, IFRT, FTRF, and OIF. For IF programs from other offices, divisions, committees, and round tables, check out the wiki. You’ll note that Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Acting Director of OIF, and Angela Maycock, Assistant Director, will be speaking all over conference. Make sure to catch them!