ALTAFF and Office for Intellectual Freedom offer February webinars for library trustees

Contact:
Jonathan Kelley
Office for Intellectual Freedom
                                               312-280-4226
jkelley@ala.org

Sally Gardner Reed
Executive Director
ALTAFF
                                               800-545-2433 x2161
sreed@ala.org

NEWS
For Immediate Release
December 22, 2009

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) and the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) will present three webinars in February for library trustees on the topic of controversial materials in library collections.

The webinars, entitled “Controversial Materials in the Library: Supporting Intellectual Freedom in Your Community,” are intended to help trustees understand the basics of intellectual freedom in libraries. They will cover information on collection development policies, procedures for handling challenges to library materials and tips on responding to controversies that may arise. Angela Maycock, OIF assistant director, will lead the webinar series.

“Trustees are often called on to create and implement library policies and to explain the policies in their communities,” said ALTAFF Executive Director Sally Gardner Reed. “We’re pleased to be working with the Office for Intellectual Freedom to enhance trustees’ understanding of intellectual freedom principles and how to apply them in libraries.”

The webinars will be offered on Feb. 17 at 4p.m. EST, February 23 at 2p.m. EST, and February 26 at noon EST. Each session will include the same content and will be 60 minutes in length. Registration is limited to 60 participants per session. The cost is $39 for ALTAFF members and affiliates, $49 for individuals, and $95 for a group of two or more attendees at the same location.

To register for “Controversial Materials in the Library: Supporting Intellectual Freedom in Your Community,” visit http://www.ala.org/oif/onlinetrainings or call ALA Customer Service at (800) 545-2433 ext. 5.