Sometimes stories of extreme attempts at censorship like those in Missouri and Florida seem ridiculous, appalling, or impossible, but as someone who reads the news frequently, I can attest that they happen with alarming frequency. If you can take the time to take one small step, we can all work together to take small steps toward increased intellectual freedom.
ALA opposes proposed Tennessee law that threatens state’s freedom to read: “Tennessee HB 2721 threatens library users’ freedom to read and violates our professional values and ethics expressed in the ALA’s Library Bill of Rights. If adopted, the bill would establish ‘parental oversight boards’ whose decisions about what others can read, view, and access in the library would be final.”
Shhh! Libraries hope to avoid a video closeup; “Legally, public libraries are considered a “limited public forum,” Deborah Caldwell-Stone said. Staff can enforce behavior rules, and require that people receive permission before photographing inside their buildings to avoid interfering with staff or patrons.”
Dear Jacqueline Woodson, I’m so happy to celebrate your birthday with you today, and so are my two kids, my students, and my colleagues in the worlds of children’s, young adult, and adult literature! Thank you for your books, your voice, and all the ways that you elevate the experiences of youth, particularly youth of color.
ALA responds to concerns about recent efforts to exclude materials; “The American Library Association has long affirmed that any alteration, deletion, or editing of materials held by a library or archives, when done for the purpose of avoiding controversy or concealing the truth, is an act of censorship that is inconsistent with ALA’s core values.”
The Trump administration is considering issuing an executive order requiring that all scientific research funded by federal grants be immediately published via open access. Publishers aren’t happy, but open access advocates are celebrating.
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ALA responds to Missouri legislation that proposes policies and procedures that threaten access to information;
ALA Appoints Tracie D. Hall as Executive Director
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