Office for Intellectual Freedom

Celebrate the power of literature and read a banned book

Banned Books Week is Sept. 30 – Oct. 6

CHICAGO – What would you do if you went to the library to check out a book, only to find it wasn’t there? Not because it was already checked out, but because someone else didn’t agree with its content and had it removed. According to the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), there were 326 reported attempts to remove materials from libraries in 2011, making this situation all too familiar in some communities across the U.S.

OIF to sponsor Fahrenheit 451 film, Wikileaks documentary at ALA Annual

CHICAGO — The American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is sponsoring two films as part of the "Now Showing @ ALA" film program at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. The films are free to all registered attendees of the conference.

Freedom to Read Foundation announces eight Judith Krug Fund grants for Banned Books Week events

CHICAGO —The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF), via its Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund, has announced eight $1,000 grants to libraries, schools and other organizations in support of Banned Books Week events.  Banned Books Week, which will take place Sept. 30­–Oct. 6, 2012, celebrates the freedom to access information, while drawing attention to the harms of censorship.

Booth receives FTRF Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship

CHICAGO — The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has named Steven Booth, an archivist with the Presidential Materials Division at the National Archives and Records Administration,  the fifth recipient of the Gordon M.

New documentary explores the impact of government surveillance on civil liberties for Choose Privacy Week

CHICAGO — To highlight the 2012 observance of "Choose Privacy Week," the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is debuting a new short documentary, "Vanishing Liberties: The Rise of State Surveillance in the Digital Age," on the Choose Privacy Week website.

New survey confirms librarians’ commitment to protecting privacy rights

CHICAGO - In conjunction with Choose Privacy Week, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) released preliminary findings from a new survey measuring librarians' views on privacy rights and protecting library users' privacy. 

Choose Privacy Week begins on May 1, 2012!


CHICAGO - Choose Privacy Week begins next week (May 1 – 7, 2012), and the ALA is offering numerous resources to help libraries take part, including online programming, a series of blog posts and a brand-new new video documentary.

OIF’s Barbara Jones discusses Choose Privacy Week

CHICAGO — Barbara Jones, executive director of the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), highlights the importance of privacy rights in today’s digital age with a new video podcast in honor of Choose Privacy Week, May 1 – 7, 2012.

Libraries empower Americans to Choose Privacy from surveillance

CHICAGO – In today’s digital world, nothing is private. Every keystroke, every Web search and every email is recorded. Whether through social media, credit cards, GPS, biometrics or even coupons, emerging technologies have made it possible for organizations and government agencies to monitor the activities of citizens through surveillance.


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