Office for Intellectual Freedom

Choose Privacy Week 2016 webinar focuses on raising privacy awareness in your library

CHICAGO — Is your library preparing to observe Choose Privacy Week 2016?   Join the ALA's IFC Privacy Subcommittee and the Office for Intellectual Freedom for a free webinar that will offer solid guidance on developing privacy programming that will educate and engage your library users and provide an update on current privacy issues confronting libraries today. 

The webinar will take place at noon Eastern/11 a.m. Central/10 a.m. Mountain/9 a.m. Pacific on Thursday, March 24, 2016.

It will feature three speakers:

Invite Thomas Paine to your Library and Support Intellectual Freedom

 “The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.” -Thomas Paine

CHICAGO – With the help of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) and the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF), Ian Ruskin, world renowned actor and playwright, is offering advance screenings of his new film to libraries.

Hodges Award nominations deadline extended

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is extending the deadline for nominations for its 2016 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.

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 2016 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.

ALA Midwinter: Author Catherine J. Ross to discuss how our schools teach lessons in censorship

CHICAGO — Nearly half a century ago Justice Abe Fortas famously declared that students do not shed their constitutional right to freedom of speech at the schoolhouse gate.  Yet public schools in the United States frequently censor student speech, especially controversial speech, often with the approval of the courts.   School librarians confront this reality daily as they advocate and defend students' freedom of speech and their right to receive information. 

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.    

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