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.
eCOLLAB | Your eLearning Laboratory is a repository of webcasts, podcasts, and resources from AASL professional development events. eCOLLAB offers more than 300 opportunities for on-demand learning. eCOLLAB also contains a read-only version of the latest issue of AASL’s print journal, Knowledge Quest, which is available for view before the issue mails.
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
Twice a year, the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) trustees and liaisons meet to discuss emerging intellectual freedom topics in our libraries, schools and government offices. Often these topics overlap with issues of privacy, censorship and the First Amendment. Join FTRF Developing Issues Committee members Carolyn Caywood and Ray James for an overview of newsworthy intellectual freedom topics.
"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?
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.