Intellectual Freedom

New issue of the Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy now available online

CHICAGO —  The new issue of the Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy (JIFP), Vol. 1, No. 2-3, is now live and available to subscribers online.  Subscribers can view it on the JIFP homepage or on its contents page.

Featured content includes:

New Intellectual Freedom Bloggers for 2017

The Intellectual Freedom Blog has a new lineup of contributors for 2017. Founded in 2007, the blog has a history of top-notch, quality writers, and the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) plans to continue the tradition. The blog squad consists of several members that alternate responsibilities for creating blog content about censorship, privacy, internet filtering, labeling and many other intellectual freedom topics. 

OIF revamps reporting tools for library hate crime and material challenges

CHICAGO — The Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) — the voice of the First Amendment in libraries — introduced upgraded tools that make censorship easier to report and easier to track. On Dec. 20, the office rolled out a simpler form to document censorship and hate crime, a web page exclusively for challenge support and an internal database.

Updated form includes hate crime entry

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 2017 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.

Freedom to Read Foundation and ALA/OIF offer webinar on the History of Intellectual Freedom and Censorship

CHICAGO — Join intellectual freedom educators and advocates Emily Knox, Joyce Latham, and Candace Morgan as they discuss the history of intellectual freedom and censorship from the Roman Empire into our digital age. The panelists will also cover history of these topics within the American Library Association (ALA) and the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and explore why knowledge of these topics is critical to work as a librarian, library trustee, or library staff member. Librarians, administrators and library board members are encouraged to attend.

Intellectual freedom nominations for the John Philip Immroth Memorial Award due soon

CHICAGO —The deadline for nominations for the John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award is Dec. 1, 2016. The Immroth 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, groups of individuals and organizations are eligible for the award.

Announcing the 2016 #BannedBooksWeek Author Lineup

The Office for Intellectual Freedom eagerly reveals the talented authors who will be contributing their thoughts and perspectives for Banned Books Week on ALA's Intellectual Freedom Blog.
Their pieces will be posted Sept. 25 through Oct. 1. 

Contribute to the Banned Books Week conversation on twitter with the hashtag #BannedBooksWeek.

Expert legal guidance on makerspaces, meeting rooms and displays offered in two new e-books

CHICAGO — The team of Mary Minow, Tomas A. Lipinski and Gretchen McCord offer legal answers to potentially thorny situations in two new e-books published by ALA Editions. Library makerspaces are truly transformative, inviting library users to create, innovate, and collaborate. But like any cutting-edge initiative, makerspaces also bring up a host of new and unique legal questions.

Banned Books Week makes international splash across the pond

CHICAGO — Banned Books Week — an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read — is making waves across the pond. With support from the American Library Association (ALA), U.K. organizations have united to host Banned Books Week programs throughout London, demonstrating that censorship is not confined to the United States.

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