Office for Intellectual Freedom

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. 

Do you know who is tracking you? Choose Privacy Week is May 1-7

CHICAGO – In an era of "Big Data," someone is tracking your every move.  Whether it's your location, your phone calls, your Facebook posts, your purchases or the websites you visit, your daily activities are monitored, recorded, collected and stored.  But all too often, you can't tell by whom. 

Information should go both ways or not at all.  Everyone should have the right to know who's collecting their information and choose how their private data is used.

Intellectual Freedom Round Table to hold 40th anniversary celebration at Chicago Cultural Center

CHICAGO - After 40 years of defending and upholding First Amendment rights, it is time for a party. Come join the Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) from 7:30 - 10 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2013 at the magnificent Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St. at Michigan Ave.) for our 40th Anniversary Celebration.

Free April 9 webinar offers ideas for programming and outreach during Choose Privacy Week

CHICAGO - Are you preparing for Choose Privacy Week? Join ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and librarians across the country next week for a free webinar to discuss how your library can observe Choose Privacy Week, ALA's annual education and awareness campaign that invites library users into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age.

News Know-how program helps students distinguish political fact from fiction

CHICAGO - Throughout the summer of 2012, the Obama and Romney campaigns issued numerous public statements that were picked up by the national news media.

But were those statements accurate?

That was the job for a group of students from Decorah, Iowa to determine.

It was part of the News Know-how project, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and supported by the Open Society Foundations to involve high school students in news literacy education.

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