ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom is seeking information on any bans, challenges, or access issues that libraries, schools, and universities faced in 2019. Deadline is Dec. 31. Any assistance with helping get the word out is greatly appreciated!
Find a sample email that can easily be customized and shared on e-lists; graphics; sample social media posts; and more info on the importance of reporting censorship on this webpage: http://www.ala.org/tools/challengesupport/share. All personal and institutional information submitted is kept confidential.
During the past week the FCC adopted ALA E-rate recommendations; meet the I Love My Librarian Award winners; and OIF pleas for libraries to report censorship. Check out all the news on censorship, privacy, net neutrality, academic freedom and the First Amendment.
Whodunit in the Library: Someone Keeps Hiding the Anti-Trump Books; Author believes Dist. 200 canceled Wheaton school visit due to LGBTQ content; officials cite procedural issue; Can facial recognition technologies, privacy, and the freedom of expression co-exist?
Lebanon Public Libraries make the sound and principled decision to reject internet filters; Sex, nudity, and satanism are why parents believe in school book censorship; Anonymous signs help Brookline library patrons find sensitive information
“Dear Martin” author responds to book removal from Col. Co. curriculum; Libraries Promoting Reflective Dialogue in a Time of Political Polarization; ALA’s eBooksForAll petition exceeds 100,000 signatures
“Auditing” the First Amendment at your public library; From the Director: Update on the Trans 101 Program; Chicago to become largest U.S. public library system to go fine-free for overdue materials that get returned
“Keep the Light On” with these helpful tools; The Constitution, annotated: The Constitution explained in plain English; Facebook plans launch of its own “Supreme Court” for handling takedown appeals
Libraries ‘Keep the Light On’ During Banned Books Week; Author Julia Watts Disinvited from Teen Lit Festival; To the barricades: Writing and reading in the Trump Era (Op-Ed by Laurie Halse Anderson)
Searching for Intellectual Freedom Bloggers 2020; Author Alice Walker decries the efforts to censor San Francisco’s George Washington murals as ‘Ignorant and Backwards’
‘Beloved’ author Toni Morrison has died at 88; Northwest Iowa man ordered to pay fine for burning LGBTQ library books; eLearning platforms for libraries