Office for Intellectual Freedom

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:

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. 1, No. 2-3, is now live and available to subscribers online.  Subscribers can view it on the JIFP homepage or on its contents page.

Featured content includes:

New Intellectual Freedom Bloggers for 2017

The Intellectual Freedom Blog has a new lineup of contributors for 2017. Founded in 2007, the blog has a history of top-notch, quality writers, and the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) plans to continue the tradition. The blog squad consists of several members that alternate responsibilities for creating blog content about censorship, privacy, internet filtering, labeling and many other intellectual freedom topics. 

OIF revamps reporting tools for library hate crime and material challenges

CHICAGO — The Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) — the voice of the First Amendment in libraries — introduced upgraded tools that make censorship easier to report and easier to track. On Dec. 20, the office rolled out a simpler form to document censorship and hate crime, a web page exclusively for challenge support and an internal database.

Updated form includes hate crime entry

Call for nominations for the Gerald Hodges IF Chapter Relations Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is seeking nominations for its 2017 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award. The Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award recognizes an intellectual freedom focused organization that has developed a strong multi-year, ongoing program or a single, one-year project that exemplifies support for intellectual freedom, patron confidentiality and anti-censorship efforts. The award consists of $1,000 and a citation.

Freedom to Read Foundation and ALA/OIF offer webinar on the History of Intellectual Freedom and Censorship

CHICAGO — Join intellectual freedom educators and advocates Emily Knox, Joyce Latham, and Candace Morgan as they discuss the history of intellectual freedom and censorship from the Roman Empire into our digital age. The panelists will also cover history of these topics within the American Library Association (ALA) and the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and explore why knowledge of these topics is critical to work as a librarian, library trustee, or library staff member. Librarians, administrators and library board members are encouraged to attend.

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.