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Google Quietly Rolls Out the Right to be Forgotten mechanism in the U.S.

In April, Google quietly rolled out a policy expansion for U.S. citizens to request a removal of personal information from websites- information such as phone number, email address, or physical address, handwritten signatures, as well as non-consensual explicit or intimate personal images, involuntary fake pornography, personal content on websites with exploitative removal practices, select personally identifiable information (PII) or doxxing content from Google Search.

Intellectual Freedom News

Intellectual Freedom News 6/10/2022

“We, the Intellectual Freedom Committee of the Missouri Library Association (MLA-IFC), would like to again formally express our concern as Missouri librarians and intellectual freedom advocates regarding your recent decision to remove Allison Bechdel’s Fun Home. As with the previous attempt to remove Toni Morrison’s work, this is an ill-founded and disingenuous attempt by a vocal minority to control access to diverse perspectives and experiences obfuscated by concerns about ‘protecting children.’”

5 Ways to Exercise your Intellectual Freedom Rights, Read Banned Books for Free, Access Materials your Library Does Not Own

Five Ways To Access Books After They Are Removed From Your Library 

Amidst widespread book challenges and removal of materials in libraries across the United States, people may ask “how can I continue to exercise my freedom to read such materials?” This question may be easy to answer for us librarians, but many people may not be aware of other methods to access such materials and exercise their rights without purchasing materials themselves. Therefore, it is important to make sure your own library patrons and community are aware of these 5 opportunities to still access books if they are removed from your local library.

Intellectual Freedom News

Intellectual Freedom News 6/3/2022

ALA President Patricia “Patty” Wong said, “The American Library Association stands shoulder to shoulder with the Virginia Library Association and the Virginia Association of School Libraries against this blatant attempt at censorship. The attempt to use the government’s power to halt distribution of these books not only curbs Virginians’ freedom to read, it would undercut the mission of libraries and undermine the democratic principles that hold our nation together.”

Photo of Gayle Forman next to the cover of her book, Just One Day.

Happy Birthday, Gayle Forman!

Forman was born on June 5, 1970 in Los Angeles, California. Though she says she’s been a writer since she could form her letters, she began her formal writing career as a journalist for Seventeen magazine, then moved on to freelancing for several other major magazine titles. She began writing novels when she was 34, and published the award winning If I Stay in 2009. The book catapulted her into the spotlight, earning a spot on the top of the New York Times Bestsellers List, and winning the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) award in 2009 and the Indies Choice Book Award in 2010. If I Stay went on to be made into a movie in 2014, starring Chloë Grace Moretz.