“Simulpub” is a portmanteau of “simultaneously” and “publish” that refers to manga chapters which are published at the exact same time in Japan in Japanese and globally in English via various digital platforms.
Very much to the chagrin of advocates for intellectual freedom and champions against censorship everywhere, the book was pulled and made unavailable to any readers in that particular system. There’s really no two ways to argue what transpired: Information had been stifled and barriers erected to prevent it from reaching the public.
Librarians and staff have done many things in recent years to make patrons aware of what our profession thinks of Intellectual Freedom and Social Justice. Banned Books Week is well known nationally, and internationally, reference and outreach librarians go out and roam neighbourhoods, library spaces are beloved in many communities. But, I think most people do not fully comprehend Intellectual Freedom as one of our core values. Which is why I’m excited for Library Wars as a resource to teach patrons about our profession and values.
In 2011, OIF presented two series of webinars – Intellectual Freedom Summer School and Intellectual Freedom across the Globe – that were recorded and are now available for purchase. To […]