IFRT Preconference at the 2007 ALA Annual Conference

Washington, DC

Celebrating the Library Bill of Rights

Thursday, June 21, 2007, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Washington Convention Center, Room 146 A

Spend an afternoon with library intellectual freedom activists from around the United States as we celebrate one of our profession's most important documents: The American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights. A panel of speakers who have faced challenges will talk about what the LBOR means to them. Then, there will be an opportunity to participate in facilitated table discussions of the many LBOR interpretations that have been adopted by ALA Council over the years. This program is guaranteed to engage and enthuse participants. Tickets: $25.  Also accepting registrants at the door.

After the keynote address delivered by Dr. Carrie Gardner, Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Science, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and current member of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee, learn what happens when:

. . . Subject experts on a university faculty object to library materials they consider inaccurate—Rosanne Cordell, Head of Reference Services, Schurz Library, Indiana University, South Bend, IN, and current Chair, Intellectual Freedom Round Table

. . . A librarian is accused of sexual harassment because he recommended a controversial book—Scott Savage, Head of Reference and Instruction, Ohio State University, Mansfield, OH

. . . Internet filtering is supposed to prevent a hostile work environment in a private university setting—J. Douglas Archer, Reference and Peace Studies Librarian, Hesburgh Library, University of Notre Dame, IN

. . . A librarian refuses to give police library circulation records without a subpoena—Michele M. Reutty, Library Director, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ

. . . A librarian receives a National Security Letter (NSL) from the FBI—Barbara Bailey, Director, Welles-Turner Memorial Library in Glastonbury, CT

. . . A book challenge provides an opportunity to help school administrators understand the practicality and importance of the Library Bill of Rights—Kelley McDaniel, School Library Media Specialist, King Middle School, Portland, ME

. . . Gay and lesbian library displays are challenged—June Pinnell-Stephens, Collection Services Manager, Retired, Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library, AK

. . . A local challenge involving erotica occurs—Kent Oliver, Executive Director, Stark County District Library, Canton, OH, and current Chair of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee

Following their presentations, each panelist will facilitate table discussions focusing on the many interpretations that expand on the guiding principles of the Library Bill of Rights.