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“Pandemic Preparedness: Resources for Libraries” provides information about preparing for a pandemic, including library-specific policy suggestions and more universal resources on pandemic education, prevention and preparation.
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Libraries Respond: combating xenophobia and fake news in light of COVID-19; House passes bill preserving F.B.I. surveillance powers; voices for a more complete women’s history
Applications are now open for the 2020 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship, sponsored by the Freedom to Read Foundation. The Scholarship provides funding for an LIS student or recent graduate to attend ALA’s Annual Conference June 25-30, 2020 in Chicago! Deadline 3/31
“Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, says Tafolla’s story illustrates an important point: Denying incarcerated people broad access to reading materials doesn’t just interfere with their education.”We’re depriving prisoners of materials that they desperately want and need to affirm their humanity, to help them rehabilitate themselves, to occupy their minds and their hearts while they’re in prison,” she says.”
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.”
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.”
OIF Examines Legal Issues for Library Social Media and First Amendment “Audits”; Censorship and Cheyenne Schools; GODORT Voting & Election Toolkits