Your Guide to Intellectual Freedom and Privacy at ALA Annual 2024

Welcome to your guide to intellectual freedom and privacy at ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition 2024, June 27 – July 2! With censorship on the rise, this year’s conference lineup includes sessions and meetings that tackle these critical issues. This guide is crafted to help you find conference sessions focused on intellectual freedom and privacy.

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ALA Launches Intellectual Freedom Helpline Program – Grant Applications Open 

The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the launch of its state Intellectual Freedom Helpline program. Over the next two years, ten pilot program sites will operate a confidential reporting system that will help connect those experiencing censorship attempts with professional support, in-state peers, and referral to ALA OIF as appropriate.

National Library Week Means More Book Résumés!

To commemorate National Library Week, Unite Against Book Bans has expanded its free collection of book résumés to support librarians, educators, parents, students, and other community advocates in their efforts to keep frequently challenged books on shelves. The collection hosted at bit.ly/BookResumes has expanded by more than 50%!

ALA Releases Annual Top 10 Most Challenged Books List

It’s National Library Week, which means it’s time for the release of the annual list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2023 and the State of America’s Libraries Report, which highlights the ways libraries and library workers have taken action to address community needs with innovative and critical services, as well as the challenges brought on by censorship attempts.

Unite Against Book Bans: Book Résumés

Across the country, school librarians have been on the intellectual freedom frontlines defending access to books, building understanding about policies and library procedures, and dispelling misinformation. In collaboration with the publishing community, Unite Against Book Bans unveiled a free resource for the community. AASL President-Elect Becky Calzada shares her thoughts on how this tool can be used.

Banned Books Week 2023: Programs, Day of Action, and More 

Libraries, schools, bookstores, and groups around the world will be calling attention to censorship – and ways to fight it – October 1 – 7, 2023. The American Library Association […]