Banned Books Uncensored: LGBTQIA+ Stories and Gender Identity

Banned Books Uncensored: Free Webinar on Defending Titles with LGBTQIA+ Content

The most cited reason for challenging library materials and services is because of LGBTQIA+ content. In the free webinar, GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis and banned illustrator Stevie Lewis (Prince & Knight) will be joined by censorship experts (OIF Director Deborah Caldwell-Stone, associate professor Shannon Oltmann) and librarians who have defended LGBTQIA+ titles (Stephanie Beverage, Tom Taylor) for a can’t-miss conversation that explores this censorship issue.

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IFC Forms Working Group to Respond to Facial Recognition Technology

By: IFC Chair Julia Warga. The ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee formed the Facial Recognition Working Group in order to better understand the issues relating to this evolving technology and how it would impact the privacy of library users. We believe the work is urgent given that there are libraries and educational institutions who are beginning to adopt facial recognition software as a means of identifying authorized users and students.

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Banning the Birds and the Bees: Challenges to Children’s Books about Sexuality

As a librarian I believe everyone should have access to the information they need, but as a parent I can understand how the lack of parental control presented by school programs and unrestricted library books can be very unnerving. Much like protests to the teaching of sexuality education in schools, books on the subject are challenged in libraries due to the role they play in the spread of such important information.