Office for Intellectual Freedom

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

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.

FTRF and ALA join amicus brief asserting readers’ First Amendment right to be free of NSA’s online surveillance

CHICAGO — The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and American Library Association (ALA) on Thursday joined with booksellers, international, and research librarians to file an amicus brief defending their ability – and the ability of similar organizations – to challenge on behalf of their users government actions that burden readers' First Amendment rights.    

New privacy guidelines encourage libraries and vendors to work together to protect reader privacy

CHICAGO — On June 29, 2015, the American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee approved a new document, "Library Privacy Guidelines for E-book Lending and Digital Content Vendors."  The document, which outlines best practices for vendors to follow to protect the privacy of library users,  is intended to encourage vendors and libraries to work together to develop effective privacy protection policies and procedures for eBook lending and the delivery of digital content to library patrons.  The document was developed by the IFC Privacy Subcommittee, with input from additional AL

A history of ALA policy on intellectual freedom

CHICAGO — Collecting several key documents and policy statements, “A History of ALA Policy on Intellectual Freedom: A Supplement to the Intellectual Freedom Manual, Ninth Edition,” published by ALA Editions, traces a history of ALA’s commitment to fighting censorship.

ALA Awards 60 Spectrum Scholarships for 2015-2016

CHICAGO — Today, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity awards 2015-2016 Spectrum Scholarships to 60 exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies.

Products hot off the press, special events at the ALA Store in San Francisco

Located just outside the Exhibits, the ALA Store at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference offers products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/professional development needs—as well as fun gift items. Make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to stop by and examine the many new and bestselling items available!

ALA Store hours:

Friday, June 26            12:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Glenn Greenwald to discuss his book "No Place to Hide: Whistleblowers Expose the Surveillance State"

San Francisco – Journalist and Author Glenn Greenwald will discuss the state of surveillance in the United States on Sunday, June 28, 1 – 2 p.m. during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 25 – 30 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Greenwald will discuss, via Skype, what many view as the failure of the mainstream media to actively investigate U.S. government surveillance programs and the need to safeguard whistleblowers.

Now Showing @ ALA: CitizenFour

SAN FRANCISCO –   In this era of instant access to information and digital communication, does privacy exist in the United States?  ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition attendees will explore this issue from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., on Monday, June 29, during a free screening of CITIZENFOUR, part of ALA’s Now Showing series.      

Free webinar showcases new Intellectual Freedom Manual

CHICAGO — The new ninth edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual, published by ALA Editions, is fresh off the press. ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) will present a talk show style webinar, I.F. Live, featuring the manual's editors and contributors who will introduce the revised manual and its new and useful features for practicing librarians at 1 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

VMM15: Your historic opportunity to vote on a VMM resolution

CHICAGO — Be one of more than 500 members who will have the first-time ever opportunity to vote on a resolution submitted via the Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM15). American Library Association (ALA) members can make their voices heard regarding the organization’s strategic direction and budget priorities by sharing their ideas and experiences and offering their suggestions during the annual Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM).


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