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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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. This archived webinar was originally presented November 10, 2016. The recording is available for FREE.
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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. This archived webinar was originally presented August 10, 2016. The recording is available for FREE.
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Celebrate GLBT Book Month this June by attending a webinar featuring Gayle E. Pitman, author of This Day in June. Censorship of GLBT materials is happening at libraries in every state and is often initiated by librarians themselves. We'll discuss the significance of GLBT Book Month for librarians and many of the resources GLBT-RT has created to support diverse collections and services. This FREE archived webinar was originally presented June 15, 2016.
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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! Our speakers will explore how those rights can be protected and respected, and take a closer look at the rights of parents, teachers, and library staff who are concerned about age-appropriate materials. This FREE archived webinar was originally presented May 26, 2016.
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Join the ALA’s IFC Privacy Subcommittee and the Office for Intellectual Freedom for solid guidance on developing privacy programming that will educate and engage your library users and provide an update on current privacy issues confronting libraries today. Presenters will offer brief introductions to resources on students’ and minors’ privacy and a guide to free and low-cost print and online resources that can support your library’s observance of Choose Privacy Week. This FREE archived webinar was originally presented March 24, 2016.
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Librarians are tasked with providing a wide variety of viewpoints and information. Sometimes there are conflicts with where and how children’s books are cataloged to accommodate what parents and caregivers feel is right for their children. How do we balance open access, accurate classification, and ease of use for all families without discrimination? Learn about a variety of the issues surrounding this topic as well as ways to help navigate them in your library. This archived webinar was originally presented November 2015. The recording is available for FREE. Running time: 60 minutes
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During the webinar, Kristin Pekoll and Millie Davis will focus on ways to prepare your colleagues who may not be as familiar with the First Amendment’s right to read and the censorship that is still happening in our country. This FREE archived webinar was originally presented September 1, 2015. Running time: 61 minutes
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Acclaimed writers and educators/librarians, Pat Scales and James LaRue will talk about difficult conversations with parents. Parents are often coming from an emotional place that has less to do with a book they're upset about and more to do with a changing world and a loss of control as their children grow up. They will share insights to guide the response from defensive to embracing, empathetic, and educational. This FREE archived webinar was originally presented August 19, 2015.
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Wondering where to get clear, practical answers to your intellectual freedom questions? On a special episode of the never before broadcast talk show, IF LIVE, we explore the new and useful features of the ‘fresh off the press’, 9th edition Intellectual Freedom Manual. Hear contributors to the manual talk about the best parts of this book and what it can do for you. All attendees will receive a coupon to purchase the 9th edition Intellectual Freedom Manual at a discounted price and one lucky winner will win a FREE COPY.
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This webinar will discuss First Amendment principles, legal precedents, and provide practical guidance on crafting meeting room and other library policies that keep the library in charge of its meeting rooms while preserving users' access and First Amendment rights.