Censorship happens every day. The more we draw attention to how these texts are challenged, the more we can position libraries as community cornerstones where differing points of view can exist in one place.
My goal is to share my story and shake off a little of that remaining fear, and to encourage others in my position to keep moving forward in support of the intellectual freedom rights of all members of a school community. I have a right to tell my story, and you have a right to tell yours.
OIF’s end-of-year initiative encourages you to share your censorship story! Information from challenge reports helps spread awareness and support libraries across the nation.
Use the many resources available to you to make this Banned Books Week one of the best yet! Be sure to stay tuned to announcements from the Office of Intellectual Freedom with more details as we get closer to the date.
Intellectual freedom is a vital and prominent subject in today’s landscape. Support the future of our nation’s libraries by donating to the Office for Intellectual Freedom on Nov. 29 for #GivingTuesday.
The Office for Intellectual Freedom’s #ShelfieSunday was a success, thanks to the dedicated readers across the U.S. who participated. Here are some of our favorites…
With support from the American Library Association, U.K. organizations have united to host Banned Books Week programs throughout London.
We welcome the appointment of James LaRue, Director, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, and Executive Director, Freedom to Read Foundation, effective January 4, 2016. In his application, LaRue noted “My passion for this core principle of librarianship is tightly bound with my own history. For me, librarianship – and life – is predicated on a respect for the fundamental dignity of individual inquiry.”