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
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.
Brooklyn Public Library, Queens Library, and The New York Public Library Join Forces for New Digital Privacy Initiative; Wando High School summer reading list causing controversy; Laurie Halse Anderson shocked readers with a book about rape. She’s at it again.
Every spring, I look forward to the day when the Office for Intellectual Freedom releases its annual “Top 10 Challenged Books.” What questions, issues, and topics sparked conversations for communities, schools, and the nation? Which books became the most recent proxies for our national debates, corns, and preoccupations?
The General Data Protection Regulation: What Does It Mean for Libraries Worldwide? Fun Home under fire in New Jersey; Great American Read’s list of 100 “best-loved” novels includes more than 20 banned authors
Win literary prizes, support intellectual freedom at ALA Annual Conference; ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ survives school board challenge; Librarians, youth reading and intellectual freedom: Historical and contemporary views
No policy can be written to prevent all challenges and all selection mistakes. But we can improve how we talk to each other and how we talk about our policies. Included here are three steps school librarians can take to lay the groundwork for improved conversations between parents, teachers, and administrators.
Choose Privacy Week! Mine, not Mined? Libraries and Data Ownership; Libraries as Public Spaces; Practical privacy: Helping people make realistic privacy decisions for their real lives
BISAC headings have made their way into public and school libraries as well. A 2013 Knowledge Quest issue on the “Dewey Debate” provides a good intro to the “Dewey or don’t we” debate in school libraries, and many public libraries have made news for their move toward the “bookstore model,” what is often called a more patron-friendly approach than the Dewey Decimal System.
Upcoming Choose Privacy Week resources and tools; Google loses landmark ‘right to be forgotten’ case; anti-Semitic graffiti found at Glencoe Public Library; a short guide on how not to be tracked online by your government