The recent incident in Aurora, Ill., in which a self-described satirical poem by poet George Miller was removed from the library, is troubling for many reasons.
As always, libraries try to follow the law, preserving the right of individuals to have access to constitutionally protected material. People have honest disagreements about just what that entails – including Supreme Court Justices. But librarians don’t have to apologize for standing up for the First Amendment.
Lately, a number of libraries have offered programs in which drag queens read to children, or share make-up or fashion tips … Men dressing as women for the purposes of entertainment isn’t new at all.
Some now argue that parenting has become even more overprotective, almost suffocating. This is known as “Velcro parenting.” They’re not hovering. They’re attached, tight as a second skin.
Yiannopoulos had, and still has, the right to say whatever he wishes. But he’ll have to live with the consequences when the audience he courted just doesn’t find him funny anymore.
Elections can rile people up. It’s smart for librarians to take a good look around before there’s trouble — starting with library policy.
OIF condemns the attempt to silence the scientific community. The people pay for the EPA, and are entitled to hear from it, unfiltered by the biases of the current administration.
An uncomfortable truth is that hate speech is also free speech. It’s not illegal for people to say stupid, ignorant, or even deliberately hurtful things. A hate crime, however, is about more than speech; it is about specific criminal behavior. Library incidents that we’re trying to track falls into two broad categories: vandalism or harassment.
By: James LaRue Librarianship faces a crisis, resulting from the intersection of five trends: the rise of challenges to diverse content, the demand for more diverse content, the failure of […]
MCPL breaks down an intellectual freedom barrier by offering tools and programs to make it easier for local authors to successfully self-publish.