Webinar: Advocating for Intellectual Freedom: Beyond 'Banned Books Week'

For Immediate Release
Fri, 09/25/2015


Kristin Pekoll

Assistant Director

Office for Inrellectual Freedom (OIF)


CHICAGO – Join the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) to learn how to continue awareness of intellectual freedom and the harms of censorship all year long, not just during Banned Books Week in September. “Advocating for Intellectual Freedom: Beyond “Banned Books Week” will take place at 1 p.m. Central time on October 13, 2015.

ALA Advocacy director, Marci Merola, joins Chapel Hill Public Library Director, Susan Brown, to discuss resources and ideas for staff and administration to keep intellectual freedom relevant in your community.  Learn how to get staff and boards motivated and educated, incorporate the right to read in everyday programs and displays and spread that love of reading and freedom to your patrons. You’ll also learn how this strong foundation of advocates can benefit your library in case you’re faced with a book challenge or funding cuts.

The cost to attend “Advocating for Intellectual Freedom: Beyond “Banned Books Week”  is $20 (ALA Members) and $25 (Nonmembers). Check the website for more details. Other ALA webinars on Intellectual Freedom can be found at the online learning webpage.

The Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is an office of the American Library Association. The goal of the office is to educate librarians and the general public about the nature and importance of intellectual freedom in libraries.

For more information about OIF, contact the OIF office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext.4226, or oif@ala.org.