While book challenges are a perpetual issue within the library world, recent decisions by many school boards to remove supposedly “obscene” titles from their library collections with little justification seems to signal that this is a growing problem that won’t subside anytime soon. It’s with this increasing intolerance in mind—and the accompanying threats to the employment of library staff who might wish to defend intellectual freedom—that this toolkit for the Merritt Fund has been created.
The LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund has made a huge difference for many people who have found themselves in difficult employment and defense of intellectual freedom situations. Read about Karla Shafer’s story.
ALA’s 2017 Annual Conference is in Windy City Chicago and the Office for Intellectual Freedom will be there staffing the different committee meetings and programs. Committee meetings and programs are open to any attendee, and they’re often a good way to learn about the business of ALA and its intellectual freedom initiatives.
This is a story about a librarian, and about a few thousand dollars that meant the difference to her between giving up and going on–under immense difficulty, and in spite of intense opposition from the biggest law firm in Dallas.
After a wonderful evening celebrating the IFRT 40th Anniversary, we’re excited for these intellectual freedom-related goings on at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference: 1. IFRT Program: “How a Book is Saved: […]
The 2013 ALA Annual Conference is 9 days away! For a list of programs, meetings, and events sponsored by the Office for Intellectual Freedom, IFC, FTRF, IFRT, the Merritt Fund […]
For a (nearly) complete list of intellectual freedom-related programs and meetings at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, visit the OIF conference events page. The ALA Conference Scheduler is also […]
A recording of last month’s webinar, “Moving Difficult Conversations Toward Positive Outcomes: Coping with challenges in the library workplace” is now available at no cost. The hour-long webcast provides tips […]
Check out this American Libraries article about a recent grant given by the LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund to a Nebraska librarian. Too many librarians still don’t know about the […]
From censorship attempts to personality conflicts, librarians across all settings can, at times, face unexpected challenges or confrontations from an angry or upset patron, community member, coworker or concerned citizen. […]