The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) has awarded the 2018 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award, which recognizes the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom. The 2018 award goes to Robert P. Doyle, for his work "Banned Books: Defending our Freedom to Read," published in 2017 by the Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association.
CHICAGO – A new public service announcement featuring New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds is now available from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) as part of the 2018 celebration of School Library Month. In the PSA, Reynolds speaks to how school libraries are places of refuge and recognition for students who want to feel less alone.
The ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) Immroth Awards Committee is pleased to announce Lindsey Whittington as ALA’s recipient for this year’s John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award, which honors significant contributions defending intellectual freedom.
CHICAGO — “Check This Out! A Coloring Book for Library Lovers,” published by ALA Editions, will have both children and adults casting aside the day’s stress in favor of pens, crayons, and colored pencils. Inside this book readers will find a variety of delightful coloring pages arranged according to Dewey Decimal numbers.
CHICAGO – Jason Reynolds, author of “Ghost,” “Patina,” “Long Way Down,” and “Miles Morales: Spider-Man,” will serve as the national spokesperson for the 2018 celebration of School Library Month (SLM). Observed in April and sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), School Library Month celebrates school libraries as approachable, equitable, and personalized learning environments necessary for every student’s well-rounded education.
CHICAGO - The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) is excited to announce the update of 15 Library Accessibility Toolkits to help better serve patrons. These toolkits were developed to help library professionals understand the challenges and opportunities presented by issues of equitable access for library users.
The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) will showcase an expanded and updated toolkit at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, CO, to ensure libraries have an essential policy to protect against censorship. Titled “Selection & Reconsideration Policy Toolkit for Public, School, & Academic Libraries,” this comprehensive resource is designed for libraries of all types and sizes and offers practical guidance and resources on responsibility for selection, selecting controversial materials and reconsideration requests.
CHICAGO — Homelessness is a perennial topic of concern at libraries. In fact, staff at public libraries interact with almost as many homeless individuals as staff at shelters do. Empathy and understanding, along with specific actionable advice that’s drawn from experience, makes all the difference in working with this group.
The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is seeking information on censorship challenges that occured between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2017. Librarians are encouraged to complete this brief online reporting form by Jan. 31, 2018.