Free Speech & the First Amendment brought the American Library Association to a House Subcommittee Hearing on Book Bans and Academic Censorship this past April 7th, 2022.
Texas Republican Representative Matt Krause is investigating books that “might make students feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress.” The irony here, Philip Bump points out, is that all this fervor over books that create “discomfort” in teens and tweens comes on the heels of conservatives claiming censorship and “cancel culture” when Dr. Seuss Enterprises ceased publication of six books that portray racist imagery.
This is an interview with Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Director of the Office of Intellectual Freedom, and, as such, provides information on the Office’s and its stance regarding Scholastic’s recent decision to pull Dav Pilkey’s The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future.
I believe that libraries are little engines of democracy. They are the place that anyone can go and educate themselves.
ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is continuing its partnership with ALA Publishing to offer two exciting eCourses early next year.
This year, Choose Privacy Week highlights the need to respect and protect student and minors’ privacy, especially in a time when technology, mobile computing, social media, and the growing adoption of “big data” analytics pose new threats to young people’s privacy. Students in particular are increasingly subject to tracking and monitoring, as schools turn to web-based apps, on-demand delivery of personalized content, virtual forums, social media, and other interactive technologies to deliver educational content and monitor student behavior both on- and off-campus. This year’s theme, “Respect Me, Respect My Privacy” not only seeks to raise awareness of the growing threats to minors’ personal privacy, but to inspire a new regard for young people’s civil rights and personal dignity.
OIF is excited to have participated in the production of the most recent issue of Library Technology Reports, which focuses on intellectual freedom and privacy issues in today’s technology. Articles […]