Registration for #ALAMW21 closes next Tuesday 1/19! Don’t forget to add your favorites: Practical Answers for Evolving Issues: Introducing the 10th Edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual; PLA Legal Issues in Public Libraries; The Future of Digital Equity; and Information Redlining: Five Steps Libraries Can and Must Take to Close the Widening Socioeconomic Divide.
The Executive Board of the American Library Association (ALA) gives thanks for the safety of the staff in our Public Policy and Advocacy Office in Washington and ALA members who work on Capitol Hill, as well as for elected legislators, congressional staff and other government workers who put themselves in jeopardy to defend the seat of our federal government on January 6, 2021.
Be the Change: How to Support BIPOC Librarians and Writers of Color | “Although there is no one way to support emerging BIPOC librarians, we can all agree: It is transformative when you exercise the opportunity to do so. If you want to support social justice and intellectual freedom education, the “Be the Change” Book Bundle is for you. Revenues from the “Be the Change” eBook Bundle will go to ALA general fund initiatives, including the Spectrum Scholarship Program.”
Should I Report Censorship? “By reporting censorship incidents, you can help to identify trends in censorship cases and document responses and solutions to censorship. All the data is processed to release the Top 10 Most Challenged Books on the Monday of National Library Week in April. While OIF knows that many challenges are never reported, we strive to be as comprehensive as possible. Then when a library worker or teacher needs support, we have an arsenal of tools, experts, training and legal knowledge.”
OIF Seeks Information on 2020 Censorship Incidents.
Recently, the office has noticed a rise in attempts to censor books that address racism and police brutality. LGBTQIA+ books and programs also continue to be targeted with censorship.
“Reporting challenges not only provides essential data that allows OIF to identify and track censorship trends,” said OIF Director Deborah Caldwell-Stone, “it also helps OIF to improve support for the library workers and educators who are protecting users’ right to access diverse books, displays, and programming.”
ALA-OIF Letter to Burbank Unified School District; “But we respectfully suggest that rather than removal of these books from the curriculum, the actual need is for improved teaching and discussion of these works of literature that places their use of racial epithets in context and highlights the harms of racist actions both in the past and in current society.”
The American Library Association (ALA) and Humble Bundle are teaming up to offer library supporters and advocates an opportunity to fund ALA initiatives supporting social justice and intellectual freedom, including the Spectrum Scholarship Program. The campaign will also support the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF).
Registration opens for ALA Midwinter Virtual, Jan. 22-26; “An impressive list of featured speakers includes Opening Session speakers Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, and ALA President’s Program speaker Joy Harjo. Also presenting are actors Ethan Hawke and Cicely Tyson; musician Ziggy Marley; and other notables including, Ruby Bridges, Stan Sakai, Max Brooks, Mina Starsiak, Emmanuel Acho, Natalie Baszile, Matt de la Peña, and Christian Robinson, with more to be announced soon.”
ALA Statement on Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping; “The American Library Association opposes the Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping and all other actions that result in the curtailment of free expression and social justice, and pledges to continue to pursue social justice and further our work against systems of oppression.”
Students have reached out to administrators and created petitions to keep “The Poet X” by Elizabeth Acevedo in the curriculum.