Intellectual Freedom eLearning

The Office for Intellectual Freedom hosts and presents in webinars (short for web-based seminar) frequently throughout the year. Presentations are usually transmitted over the web using video conferencing software that features interactive elements and the ability to give, receive and discuss information in real-time. Speakers provide information and resources on a variety of intellectual freedom topics including; censorship, banned books, advocacy, privacy, internet filtering and access to resources.

Our webinars are recorded. After the live event, many of the recordings are embedded in the webpage or accessible at the OIF YouTube channel.

 

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"Fake news" has always been part of the communication landscape. The difference now is that we are inundated with social media that makes it possible to disseminate "fake news” quickly and easily. In the past "fake news" was used as propaganda to isolate individuals or groups of people, destabilize governments, and foment anarchy. "Fake news" may be inaccurate, dishonest, misleading, intentionally untrue, and even intended to damage the paradigm of factual information. But is it illegal? Is it protected by the First Amendment?
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It’s one small step for your library, one giant leap for protecting privacy, confidentiality, and intellectual freedom! Have you checked out ALA’s privacy guidelines and checklists, yet? Are you trying to figure out where privacy falls into your list of library priorities? Does the whole idea of improving privacy at your library seem too overwhelming to pursue? San José Public Library is here to help you take your first step: a privacy audit.
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Whether you’re an educator or library director, front-facing circulation desk staff member or behind-the-scenes cataloger, understanding the First Amendment rights of your patrons is essential. In this one-hour webinar, Freedom to Read Foundation consultant Joyce Hagen-McIntosh will review best practices and ALA guidelines for topics ranging from privacy and pornography, access and selection. Hagen-McIntosh will help librarians navigate the abundance of ALA resources and policies by providing real-world examples and addressing common issues in the library community.
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Free webinar on disinvited speakers and academic freedom. Over the past few years, the news has been replete with stories about how authors, thought leaders, and others have become disinvited or pressured to withdraw from university speaking engagements because they don’t promote prevailing ideology. What are the consequences of disallowing diverse viewpoints on campus and what can speakers, faculty, and librarians do to support intellectual freedom in academia?
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A FREE on-demand webinar presented in partnership with ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom. Banned Books Week (BBW) has been a mainstay in American libraries for over 30 years. This annual event brings together communities in support of the freedom to read and to express ideas, even those considered unorthodox or unpopular. Some libraries have been celebrating BBW for decades and feel like they are "preaching to the choir," while others have steered clear of stirring up controversy.
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GIFs, memes, hashtags, Instagram, Twitter, Thunderclaps and more. Adjusting pixel sizes, shrinking hyperlinks, and tagging libraries. You may have a working knowledge of these concepts and understand the vocabulary of social media but with this webinar you will learn more! Not only will social media gurus/wizards share tips and tactics to take your media from bland to grand, but OIF will also provide resources to join its new Banned Books Week national media program, Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament. This archived webinar was originally presented August 2, 2017.
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Join Booklist and Gale, a Cengage Company, for this free webinar on the importance of LGBTQ titles in your library’s collection. We will hear from Kristin Pekoll, assistant director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, who will review how LGBTQ books can serve an underrepresented population and how to protect these titles from censorship, along with information about self-censorship and tools to empower librarians in their purchasing decisions. This FREE archived webinar was originally presented June 15, 2017. Running Time: 59 minutes.
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This webinar highlights some actions that libraries can take to protect patron privacy in three important areas: managing the integrated library system, installing free HTTPS certificates on your websites, and providing anonymous web browsing. This archived webinar was originally presented April 13, 2017. The recording is available for FREE.
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Most librarians are aware of Banned Books Week and the Top Ten Most Challenged Books. But how does ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compile the information? From You! We rely on librarians and educators, and even the public to report censorship and book challenges in libraries, schools and academia. Our presenters will walk participants through the new OIF reporting form and outline the support available for challenges of all types, big and small. This archived webinar was originally presented January 12, 2017. The recording is available for FREE.
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Campus racial climate and the national and state elections are breeding grounds for activism and protests. Mishandled protests can spark a social media backlash and your institution can become headline news instantly. Instead be informed on how to nurture student activism and protect the free speech rights of the young people around you. This archived webinar was originally presented December 15, 2016. The recording is available for FREE.