The Importance of Collection Development Training for Librarians
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.
How and Why Libraries Should Strive to Create Safe, Culturally Responsive Spaces
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.
Classroom Libraries Are For Reading, Not Censorship
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.
Intellectual Freedom News 10/25/16
October 25, 2016: Facial recognition, Amy Goodman, campus speech, intellectual freedom bloggers, award nominations and SO MUCH MORE.
Filtering: The Critical Difference Between “All” and “Most”
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.”
Intellectual Freedom News
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.
Attend the AASL Law for School Librarians Preconference!
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” […]
Division Intellectual Freedom Committee Resources, Contacts, and Activities
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 […]