Office for Intellectual Freedom

Freedom to Read Foundation joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement

CHICAGO - Freedom to Read Foundation has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

IFRT accepting nominations for 2016 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award

CHICAGO — The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is seeking nominations for its 2016 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award. The biennial award is presented for the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom and consists of $500 and a citation. Nominations will be accepted through Dec. 1, 2015.

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

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.

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

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.


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