Office for Intellectual Freedom

Nation celebrates the power of words during Banned Books Week, Sept. 24 – 30, 2017

CHICAGO – Libraries, bookstores and schools will celebrate Banned Books Week, Sept. 24 – 30, 2017, an opportunity to celebrate the power of words to open minds with new and diverse viewpoints, even those some people might find offensive. During the week thousands of libraries, bookstores, schools and theaters host dedicated events that focus on the dangers of censorship and celebrate the right to choose reading materials without restriction.

Libraries invited to join social media activity this Banned Books Week

This Banned Books Week, let patrons know that their words have power — especially their tweets.

During Banned Books Week (Sept. 24-30), the Office for Intellectual Freedom is inviting libraries and nonprofits to partner with it for the Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament, a Banned Books Week activity that encourages readers to discuss censorship online. Partners receive a digital toolkit, and partner libraries are entered into a drawing for intellectual freedom-themed prizes.

Webinar: Libraries in the Jim Crow South and a Conversation with One of the Tougaloo Nine

In celebration of Black History Month, the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) are excited to present a unique webinar: “Libraries in the Jim Crow South and a Conversation with One of the Tougaloo Nine,” on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at 1 p.m. Central.

New resolution addresses accurate information and media manipulation

CHICAGO — The need for accurate information is not new, but the divisive methods to undermine its credibility is. In response to the recent dialogue on fake news and news literacy, the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) crafted “Resolution on Access to Accurate Information,” adopted by ALA Council on Jan. 24.

New checklists provide practical steps to protect patron privacy

CHICAGO —  The American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) approved seven new "privacy checklists" at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia to help libraries of all types and capacities take practical steps to protect patron privacy. The checklists complement the Library Privacy Guidelines approved by the IFC in 2016. The checklists include: