Intellectual Freedom eLearning
Intellectual Freedom eLearning Proposals
ALA has many opportunities to participate in the work of the association and develop the continued learning of members of our profession. Your colleagues value the unique perspective you bring to the profession. Fill out this form to propose online presentations. Upon receipt, staff will review your proposal and respond with 1-2 weeks.
A fast-paced presentation to get practical ideas on how to improve privacy at your library.
In celebration of Black History Month, join author Cheryl Knott (“Not Free, Not for All: Public Libraries in the Age of Jim Crow”) and Civil Rights activist Geraldine Hollis (author of “Back to Mississippi”), along with artists Michael Crowell and Chapel Hill Library Director Susan Brown, for an engaging and educational conversation on the history of libraries and life in the Jim Crow South.
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. To that end, we've redesigned our reporting form to make it less cumbersome and less timely to tell us about what happened in your institution.
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. You can't always anticipate what will trigger emotional and passionate responses but you can react and respond appropriately and intelligently, while trying to restore order and respect legitimate guaranteed rights.
Libraries are places for discovery that extends beyond the shelves — to classes, public programs and civil discourse. What responsibility do we, as library professionals, have to ensure that the content of our programs adheres to the same standards as our collections? To what extent are we obligated to protect the free speech of our patrons as well as our authors?
Join intellectual freedom educators and advocates Emily Knox, Joyce Latham, and Candace Morgan as they discuss the history of Intellectual Freedom and Censorship covering issues from the Roman Empire through today. Explore why knowledge of these topics and how they occur is critical to work as a librarian, library trustee, or library staff member.
Tired of the same old displays and yellow caution tape? Want to engage your community with thoughtful programming and information about the freedom to read? Join ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom to discover 50 ideas, tips, and resources to have a successful Banned Books Week: Contests, Social Media, Programs, Grants, Partnerships, Displays, and much much more.
Celebrate GLBT Book Month this June by attending a webinar featuring Gayle E. Pitman, author of This Day in June. This Day in June, which won the 2015 ALA Stonewall Award, is one of the many GLBT books that are challenged and banned in schools and libraries. Censorship of GLBT materials is happening at libraries in every state and is often initiated by librarians themselves.
Navigating government offices and officials can be complicated and incredibly overwhelming. But advocacy is important. Speakers, Lisa Lindle, Grassroots Communications Specialist of the Office of Government Relations and Deborah Caldwell Stone, Deputy Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom are going to make communication easy and accessible.
We all have First Amendment rights. It says so right there in the foundational document of our nation. But surely the Founders weren’t talking about children!