Office for Intellectual Freedom

ALA President Julie Todaro responds to Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library free speech arrests

CHICAGO -   On May 9, 2016 Kansas City Public Library Director of Public Programing Steve Woolfolk was arrested for his efforts to protect free speech during a public program entitled “Truman and Israel.” During the program off-duty police officers hired by the event sponsor arrested a patron for asking difficult questions and then arrested Woolfolk when he tried to intervene.

American Library Association (ALA) President Julie Todaro released the following statement.

ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom launches Our Voices

CHICAGO – Today, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) and Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services announced Our Voices, an initiative to offer a template to interested libraries to promote the growth of diverse, quality content in library collections.

Announcing the 2016 #BannedBooksWeek Author Lineup

The Office for Intellectual Freedom eagerly reveals the talented authors who will be contributing their thoughts and perspectives for Banned Books Week on ALA's Intellectual Freedom Blog.
Their pieces will be posted Sept. 25 through Oct. 1. 

Contribute to the Banned Books Week conversation on twitter with the hashtag #BannedBooksWeek.

Banned Books Week makes international splash across the pond

CHICAGO — Banned Books Week — an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read — is making waves across the pond. With support from the American Library Association (ALA), U.K. organizations have united to host Banned Books Week programs throughout London, demonstrating that censorship is not confined to the United States.

Librarians, student press advocate share 2016 FTRF Roll of Honor Award

CHICAGO — Librarians Helen Adams and Nancy Kranich and attorney and First Amendment advocate Frank LoMonte have been named the recipients of the 2016 Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Roll of Honor Award.   

“I am very pleased and honored to announce Helen Adams, Nancy Kranich and Frank LoMonte as this year’s Roll of Honor co-awardees,” said Honor Roll Committee Chair J. Douglas Archer.  “In his or her own distinctive way, each has been a life-long, stellar defender of free expression and the right to read, view, listen to or otherwise access whatever one chooses.”

New library privacy guidelines aim to strengthen reader privacy protections for K – 12 students

CHICAGO — On May 2, 2016, the American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee approved a new document, "Library Privacy Guidelines for Students in K-12 Schools."  The document, which surveys the state of students' privacy in K-12 schools, provides guidance for school libraries and educational institutions seeking to protect students' privacy, both while online and while reading or engaging in research. The document was developed by the IFC Privacy Subcommittee, with input from additional ALA committees, interest groups, and roundtables with an interest in privacy.  

Intellectual Freedom and Minors Webinar

Intellectual Freedom and Minors
Webinar hosted by
Freedom to Read Foundation and ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom

Thursday, May 26, 2016
1pm CST

FREE for FTRF Members!

Jarrett Dapier receives the 2016 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that Jarrett Dapier is the recipient of the 2016 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award.

Webinar! "Dear Representative" in time for NLLD

Oftentimes, librarians associate National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) with the singular issue of funding and budget support. But there are many issues that librarians can advocate for to their elected officials. 

“State of America’s Libraries 2016” shows service transformation to meet tech demands of library patrons

CHICAGO – Libraries are not just about what they have for people, but what they do for and with people. With communities still recovering from the Great Recession, academic, school and public libraries continue to transform and shift resources and services to  meet the needs of tech-savvy patrons.

This and other library trends of the past year are detailed in the ALA’s 2016 State of America’s Libraries report, released today in recognition of National Library Week, April 10 – 16, 2016.


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