Library meeting rooms for all; SC Police Union Challenges Summer Reading List with “The Hate U Give” and “All American Boys”; Human Rights Watch calls on Hong Kong government to put LGBT-themed children’s books back on open shelves at public libraries
The Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) crafted a revision of the 1991 “Meeting Rooms: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights.” The revision of the interpretation was broadly inclusive and transparent and was adopted by ALA Council. The revision did not establish any new right to conduct hate speech in libraries. ALA does not endorse hate groups and does not seek to normalize hate speech.
My professional concerns collide with my parenting worries: What is “appropriate” for young people? How should schools and communities respond to “controversial” content and issues? How can teens and adults communicate about difficult topics? Here’s a peek into the talks my daughter and I’ve had about Rise, Spring Awakening, and the tough topics that teens and adults work through every day.
Society has evolved to expect personalized recommendations from providers like Amazon and Netflix. (Who doesn’t love the suggestions for what to read or watch next, right?) I think most of us have even gotten used to seeing personalized advertising in our Facebook feeds or Google ads. However, a Library Journal article on OCLC Wise points out that this level of personalization requires data collection. Data collection by libraries can risk compromising patron privacy.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award – when is it censorship? More than a week – ‘Choose Privacy’ is now an everyday choice; Three Queens: Perspectives on Drag Queen Story Hour
Since its debut in San Francisco in 2015, Drag Queen Story Hour has become a popular event in libraries across the country. Although the queens set aside their usual bawdy performances for tamer, kid-friendly fare, their costumes and makeup are as over-the-top as ever, and kids love it!
Celebrate thought, Celebrate freedom – today and everyday.
Will some librarians consider it right to purge her works from library collections? We hope not.
We, as librarians and information specialists, can use our skills and our platform as a center of the community to educate our patrons about the immigrant experience and what it means for children and families to leave behind everything familiar for an unknown country.
A historic victory for privacy; LIW book award controversy; drag queen storytimes; conservative views on social media; and LGBTQ censorship in Hong Kong