Learn about finding the right balance in controversial topics in children’s literature in upcoming IFRT/GLBTRT webinar

For Immediate Release
Tue, 11/03/2015


Kristin Pekoll

Assistant Director

Office for Intellectual Freedom


CHICAGO — Join the Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) for an upcoming webinar on how librarians can balance open access, accurate classification and ease of use for all families without discrimination as they include books featuring diverse perspectives. “Picture Books and Challenges: Dealing with Controversial Topics in Children's Collections” will take place at 1pm Central on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Carolyn Caywood, retired manager of the Bayside Area Library in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and president of the Norfolk/South Hampton Roads chapter of PFLAG, and Peter D. Coyl, district manager with the Dallas Public Library, will discuss access to children’s books and resources for library staff on selecting controversial materials. This hour-long webinar will present a variety of perspectives and scenarios highlighting the challenges of developing applicable in individual libraries.

Registration is $20 for ALA Members, $25 for non-members, and $120 for students; registration is free for IFRT and GLBTRT members.

Attendees can register online or call ALA Member and Customer Service at 1 (800) 545-2433, option 5.

About IFRT
The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) provides a forum for the discussion of activities, programs, and problems in intellectual freedom of libraries and librarians; serves as a channel of communications on intellectual freedom matters; promotes a greater opportunity for involvement among the members of the ALA in defense of intellectual freedom; promotes a greater feeling of responsibility in the implementation of ALA policies on intellectual freedom.

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association is committed to serving the information needs of the GLBT professional library community, and the GLBT information and access needs of individuals at large.  We are committed to encouraging and supporting the free and necessary access to all information, as reflected by the missions of the American Library Association.