In many recent high profile book challenges, parents and politicians have asserted that they know best when it comes to selecting and deselecting library materials, but librarians go through significant training to develop relevant and appropriate collections.
Although diversity and representation have long been core tenets of the library profession, recent research in racial trauma and lasting physical, psychological, and social effects reinforces the unique role of the librarian in serving youth communities.
As the popularity of classroom libraries grows, so do book challenges and censorship. Classroom teachers must partner with school librarians in order to protect students’ right to read and diverse classroom libraries.
October 25, 2016: Facial recognition, Amy Goodman, campus speech, intellectual freedom bloggers, award nominations and SO MUCH MORE.
As we celebrate Banned Books Week and the freedom to read, we focus on Banned Websites Awareness Day and the “overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries.”
January 14, 2016 – A free biweekly compilation of news by the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom including: current book challenges in libraries and schools; articles about privacy, internet filtering and censorship; ALA activities, conferences and institutes, products, online learning opportunities, awards and grants, international exchanges; and how to get involved and make the most of what ALA offers.
The American Association of School Librarians is presenting an informative and helpful preconference this year at its national conference in Charlotte, North Carolina: “Law for School Librarians: Knowing Minors’ Rights” […]
Much of the great intellectual freedom work happening in the American Library Association is done at the division level. Recently, OIF has begun to compile the various publications, resources, and […]