By: Rebecca Slocum It’s that time again: August. Back to school. Pencils, markers, crayons line the store shelves. Backpacks and lunchboxes of all different styles and characters have been selected. […]
We come back to the question: what is ‘appropriate’ for public school libraries or libraries in general? It is more likely that this ongoing debate will never be solved. For as long as libraries have collected materials to share with patrons, there is inevitably someone who wants to sanction the types of materials purchased and made accessible to the public. It remains our jobs as librarians, the disseminators of information, to uphold the ideals of intellectual freedom as well as encourage libraries to cultivate written collection development policies and procedures. A well balanced collection should have appeal to each and every patron. We must encourage the act of viewing a piece as a whole and not singling out words or scenes to devalue the novel as a collective entity.
If you missed Tuesday’s OIF webinar, “Defend the Freedom to Read: Reporting Challenges,” featuring OIF Assistant Director Angela Maycock, you’ll be glad to know that the session was recorded and […]
The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom released the top ten most frequently challenged books list of 2012 as part of the State of America’s Library Report on Monday, April 15. […]
Check out the #sweatervestsunday feed on Twitter for some fantastic photos. Visit the Q&A we posted last week. And most importantly, remember to let us know about challenges to library materials!
By popular demand, below are the answers to all of your Sweater Vest Sunday questions – including the burning question, “Why sweater vests???” Q. What exactly is the point of […]
“Sweater Vest Sunday” encourages reporting of challenges to library materials ALA Midwinter 2013 attendees — and all fans of intellectual freedom — can take a stand for the freedom to […]