Government interference in classroom curricula. Financial pressures and conflicts of interests. The death of tenure. Trigger warnings, cancel culture, censorship, and the chilling effect. With all the pressures threatening open inquiry and free expression on campus, you might wonder: “Does academic freedom have a future?” Join the IFRT Reads community to explore this question with Oboler Award-winning author and academic freedom scholar, Henry Reichman, and his 2019 book, The Future of Academic Freedom.
Librarians express concern that 2021 Caldecott winner We Are Water Protectors is too political for children.
The deadline for the 2021 Gerald Hodges Award has been extended to February 26, 2021.
The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is accepting nominations for the 2021 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award. The award consists of a citation and $500.
Do you know a great candidate or organization that has championed intellectual freedom causes in our profession and/or communities? Recognize their contributions by nominating them for Intellectual Freedom Round Table’s prestigious awards.
From these news stories, you can find many librarians and IF advocates responding courageously to these anti-intellectual freedom occurrences. From this, consider nominating an individual, group, or book for an intellectual freedom award from the American Library Association (ALA).
Discovering LGBTQ themed books probably won’t make anyone ‘more queer,’ but it just may help patrons from feeling alone. Your library shelves can make all the difference in the world, and here’s hoping these six strategies help keep the rainbow visible.
By: guest blogger Emily Schneider. The name change of the Wilder Award has occasioned a great deal of discussion. We can hope that most of this will ultimately prove productive. Certainly, respect for increased diversity in the representations of children’s experiences in their literature is essential and most participants in this debate embrace this idea. Let’s not forget all the implications for intellectual freedom, because without that value we can’t move forward.
Will some librarians consider it right to purge her works from library collections? We hope not.
When the superintendent of the Dixie County School District sought to censor the reading lists of students, Library Media Specialist Lindsey Whittington stood up for intellectual freedom and fought the ban.