Office for Intellectual Freedom

New library privacy guidelines aim to strengthen reader privacy protections for K – 12 students

CHICAGO — On May 2, 2016, the American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee approved a new document, "Library Privacy Guidelines for Students in K-12 Schools."  The document, which surveys the state of students' privacy in K-12 schools, provides guidance for school libraries and educational institutions seeking to protect students' privacy, both while online and while reading or engaging in research.

“State of America’s Libraries 2016” shows service transformation to meet tech demands of library patrons

CHICAGO – Libraries are not just about what they have for people, but what they do for and with people. With communities still recovering from the Great Recession, academic, school and public libraries continue to transform and shift resources and services to  meet the needs of tech-savvy patrons.

This and other library trends of the past year are detailed in the ALA’s 2016 State of America’s Libraries report, released today in recognition of National Library Week, April 10 – 16, 2016.

"The Library Juice Press Handbook of Intellectual Freedom" named 2016 Eli M. Oboler Award winner

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table has announced the winner of the 2016 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award, which recognizes the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom.  The 2016 award goes to The Library Juice Press Handbook of Intellectual Freedom, edited by Mark Alfino and Laura Koltutsky.  The publisher is the Library Juice Press.

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.