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By Elizabeth Moreau Nicolai. For us, Drag Queen Storytime is a celebration of creativity, expression, and inclusiveness in our community. It is one of our most successful programs. It isn’t an easy thing to do, but things that are worth doing are rarely easy to do.
“Beyond merely avoiding the exclusion of materials representing unorthodox or unpopular ideas, libraries should proactively seek to include an abundance of resources and programming representing the greatest possible diversity of genres, ideas, and expressions. A full commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion requires that library collections and programming reflect the broad range of viewpoints and cultures that exist in our world.”
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By: guest blogger Tara Lane Bowman; Protest placards have come a long way since the days when signs beseeched readers to elect a candidate in an upcoming election. In the past, these signs and slogans were direct. The act of carrying a sign is a First Amendment right that engages any literate bystander. It would be enough to carry a message that states exactly what it is that a protester stands for or against. However, the Women’s Marches show that modern protests require more than physical presence and traditional signs of dissent.
I asked a large group of librarians about their experiences with people hiding materials, defacing materials or stealing materials from the library. It was an informal request on social media so nothing scientific and I would have loved to follow up with more questions but I opted for brevity. Of the 100 comments posted, here are some of their responses.
Call to action from the Iowa Library Association leads to an explosion of #librarylove from librarians, readers and authors. “If you’re a library professional in the state of Iowa, help support library staff in Orange City. Send them your support. Make sure they know you have their back. ILA and ALA are working on this with them. Write letters to the local newspaper. Support via social media as well!” – Dan Chibnall
ALA’s Midwinter Meeting is in Denver and the Office for Intellectual Freedom will be there staffing the different committee meetings and programs. Committee meetings and programs are open to any […]
By: guest blogger Larry Weidman. A local Temple, TX resident speaks out at the library board meeting to discuss the controversial Pride Month display: “As frequent visitor and contributor to the library, frankly, the ‘controversy’ infuriated me.”
Reporting censorship helps OIF provide better information and support to librarians and teachers facing intellectual freedom and access challenges.