By: guest contributor Carole Soden; “I fully understand why some libraries feel more comfortable not using Dr. Seuss books but I feel there is also another approach.”
By: guest contributor Emily M. Schneider, Ph.D. – I am not writing to defend Gantos and McKean’s novel. I empathize with those critics who have expressed fears that it will only stoke the fires of xenophobia and normalize suspicion of Muslims, and that children may find in the book an excuse to bully their peers who seem to conform to the exaggerated images in the book. But, like Fitzgerald, I can also hold opposing ideas, specifically, fears of censorship, and the idea that allowing a book to be published does not imply endorsement of its message.
The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is pleased to introduce ten new bloggers in addition to five strong voices who continue to share thought provoking original content about a core value of the librarian profession.
Libraries can’t grow if they aren’t weeded. The fifth Ranganathan Law states “The library is a growing organism.” With professional resources and a statement of support, ALA and the Oregon Library Association reinforce the professional deselection standards used by the Salem Public Library.
On December 3rd, tumblr CEO Jeff D’Onofrio announced that the platform will “no longer allow adult content, including explicit sexual content and nudity.” Guest blogger Melaine Huyck-Aufdermaur defends her belief that this action is a digital age book burning.
Witness the importance of reporting censorship by looking through the eyes of students who are just learning the realities of our society.
Join ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) on Twitter to chat about the importance of reporting censorship and what librarians can do to support our professional values.
For Giving Tuesday, we celebrate giving back to make our society a better place. I’ve pulled together a list of banned books that have a small act of kindness that has made an impact on me.
Dec. 9, 2018 is the deadline to submit your interesting in writing about intellectual freedom and privacy issues for the American Library Association.
Join ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) in this engaging Facebook Live event to highlight the importance of reporting censorship and what librarians can do to support our professional values.