Office for Intellectual Freedom

IFRT accepting nominations for 2014 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is seeking nominations for its 2014 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, 2013.

IFRT accepting nominations for 2014 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is seeking nominations for its 2014 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award. The John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award honors intellectual freedom fighters in and outside the library profession who have demonstrated remarkable personal courage in resisting censorship. The award consists of $500 and a citation. Individuals, a group of individuals or an organization are eligible for the award. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 1, 2013.

Banned Books Week Heroes unveiled during Virtual Read-Out

CHICAGO — Readers from across the United States and around the world will demonstrate their support for free speech by participating in a Virtual Read-Out of banned and challenged books during Banned Books Week, Sept. 22 – 28, a time when the nation celebrates the freedom to read and the American Library Association (ALA) brings attention to the censorship of books in schools and libraries.

San Antonio teens learn how to be responsible news consumers through News Know-how program

CHICAGO — Teens are the future of our Democracy.  As they grow up to be voters, it is important that they be prepared to be smart consumers of information.

San Antonio teens received the training that will help them along that road, thanks to the News Know-how program offered by the San Antonio Public Library’s Teen Services Department at the Central Library, in partnership with the American Library Association and the Open Society Foundations.

Iowa high school students learn how to check facts in opinion columns through the News Know-how project

CHICAGO - America is rich in opinions. This is especially true when it comes to its politics.

Between newspaper and magazine columns and television and radio commentary, it is always easy to find pundits from both ends of the political spectrum freely airing their views on any number of subjects.

But although opinion pieces leave plenty of room for flaunting biases, that doesn’t excuse flouting the facts. And the reader must still determine whether opinions have a basis in fact - and whether the writer presents them with integrity and credibility.

Join free Google Hangout July 30: Revisiting CIPA 10 Years Later

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Library Association (ALA) and Google, Inc., will host national library, education, technology, legal and policy experts for a national symposium considering the impact of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) on access to electronic information July 29 and 30. Librarians nationwide can join the virtual conversation with two Google Hangouts on July 30.

ALA president on NSA leak: 'Our country needs to find the right balance'

ALA Launches Privacy Tools for Libraries

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Coming off the heels of Independence Day, the American Library Association (ALA) launched “ALA Liberty,” a new website that contains tools libraries can use to host educational sessions and public forums that help Americans understand their First and Fourth Amendment rights.

Utah Library Association IFC receives the 2013 Gerald Hodges IF Chapter Relations Award

CHICAGO — The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that the Utah Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee is the recipient of the 2013 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award.

OIF announces Choose Privacy Week online forum participants

CHICAGO - On May 1, the American Library Association and libraries around the country begin their observance of Choose Privacy Week, the annual event that invites everyone to visit their local libraries to learn more about protecting their personal privacy rights in an age of pervasive surveillance. Libraries will offer individuals the opportunity to learn, think critically and make more informed choices about their privacy by offering special resources and sponsoring programs and other special events. 

Office for Intellectual Freedom debuts new website, programming resources for Choose Privacy Week 2013

CHICAGO — The Office for Intellectual Freedom has launched its new website for Choose Privacy Week, the American Library Association's (ALA) annual event that highlights the importance of personal privacy rights in an era of pervasive surveillance. 

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