Intellectual Freedom News

Intellectual Freedom News 2/28/2020

“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.”

This album cover is attributed to the Li’l Joe Records re-release and to Virgin Megastores.

From Lawyers to Language Practices: Two Hip-Hop Professors and the Living Legacy of 2 Live Crew

In recognition of Fair Use / Fair Dealing Week, professors of hip hop A. D. Carson and Justin De Senso share insights on the place of fair use in teaching and learning, what happens when you invite lawyers to class, creating historiography-by-discography, what it’s like to send a scholarly album out for peer review, and rap ensemble 2 Live Crew’s contributions to fair use, free expression, and hip hop history.

Intellectual Freedom News

Intellectual Freedom News 2/21/20

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.”

A newspaper silencing their own reporter: what about free speech?

I was fascinated to wake up to the headline “Washington Post reporter who tweeted about Kobe Bryant rape allegations placed on administrative leave” recently. My first thought was “What? I must have read that wrong.” But I didn’t – The Washington Post reported itself that it had suspended political reporter Felicia Sonmez after she “sparked a furious backlash” by posting about the rape allegations from 2003 against Kobe Bryant shortly after his death in a helicopter crash.

Surveillance Capitalism

Super Bowl Commercials While Librarianing

By: guest contributors Callan Bignoli and Dustin Fife. However, and even if you can guess where we are going, we want to make two things unmistakably clear: There should be affordable and accessible tools that help anyone and everyone remember their history and archive it as they see fit. More importantly though, it should not be Google or any other major, data-driven, for-profit corporation.