Office for Intellectual Freedom

Freedom to Read Foundation Announces 2018 Conable Conference Scholarship Recipient

CHICAGO — The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has selected Dovi Mae Patino as the recipient of the 2018 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship. The Conable Scholarship will cover Ms. Patino’s expenses to attend the 2018 Annual Conference of the American Library Association (ALA) in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Win Literary Prizes, Support Intellectual Freedom at ALA Annual Conference

Would you like to support contributions made to intellectual freedom on a personal level? And in the process come away with some great prizes?

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table is pleased to announce an exciting raffle at its breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, June 23 at 7:30 a.m. at the 2018 ALA Annual New Orleans Conference. The raffle supports IFRT awards celebrating important contributions to intellectual freedom.

Choose Privacy Week 2018: Big Data Is Watching You

CHICAGO – In the wake of Mark Zuckerberg’s Congressional testimony last week and the related explosion of public interest in how online personal data is collected, stored, shared, used and sometimes misused, this year’s Choose Privacy Week theme— “Big Data is Watching You”—could not be more perfectly timed.

New Issue of the ‘Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy’ Now Available Online

CHICAGO — The new issue of the Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy (JIFP), Vol. 2, No.3-4, is now live and available to subscribers online. Subscribers can view it on the JIFP homepage or on its contents page.

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New report affirms invaluable role of our nation’s libraries

CHICAGO – Today the American Library Association (ALA) released its 2018 State of America’s Libraries report, an annual summary of library trends released during National Library Week, April 8 – 14, that outlines statistics and issues affecting all types of libraries. The report affirms the invaluable role libraries and library workers play within their communities by leading efforts to transform lives through education and lifelong learning.

Make A Giant Leap for Patron Privacy: Prepare for Choose Privacy Week with A Free Webinar on Library Privacy Audits

CHICAGO — Is your library preparing to observe Choose Privacy Week 2018? Join Erin Berman and Julie Oborny of the San José Public Library for a free webinar that outlines the first steps libraries can take to implement up-to-date privacy policies and procedures.

ALA Council Adopts Library Bill of Rights Interpretation on Visual and Performing Arts

ALA Council adopted a Library Bill of Rights interpretation at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting that emphasizes the role art plays in libraries and states libraries should present a broad spectrum of viewpoints in developing art exhibits and programs.  

New ALA Statement Affirms Net Neutrality is Essential to Intellectual Freedom

At the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting, ALA Council adopted the statement “Net Neutrality: An Intellectual Freedom Issue.” Written by the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee, the document affirms that Net Neutrality is essential to the promotion and practice of intellectual freedom and the free exercise of democracy.