Intellectual Freedom

Fake News or Free Speech: Is There a Right to be Misinformed?

Join the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) for Fake News or Free Speech: Is There a Right to be Misinformed? a webinar on Friday, October 12 at 1 p.m. Central. This is a webinar version of the Intellectual Freedom Committee program that Moderator Emily Knox and other panelists offered at ALA’s Annual Meeting last summer.

Nominations open for 2019 IFRT John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is accepting nomination for the 2019 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award. This award, presented annually, honors notable contributions to intellectual freedom and demonstrations of personal courage in defense of freedom of expression by a living individual, group or organization. The award consists of a citation and $500. IFRT will present the award during the 2019 ALA annual conference at Washington, D.C.

Libraries invited to join Dear Banned Author letter-writing campaign this Banned Books Week

Speaking out for banned and challenged books is vital in the fight against censorship. This Banned Books Week (September 23-29), the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is hosting a letter-writing campaign that celebrates stories that have made an impact.

Freedom to Read Foundation Celebrates Educational Collaboration with San Jose State University School of Information

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) is excited to announce an educational collaboration with the San Jose State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool).

“I’m thrilled to collaborate with the Freedom to Read Foundation in our courses on intellectual freedom in our Master of Library and Information Science degree program. This topic is especially timely given our current climate,” said Sandra Hirsh, SJSU School of Information director and professor.

ALA OIF Responds to Library Bill of Rights Meeting Room Interpretation update

CHICAGO -  The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is charged with implementing ALA policies concerning the concept of intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights, the Association’s basic policy on free access to libraries and library materials.  OIF Director James LaRue released the following statement regarding a recent update to Library Bill of Rights meeting rooms interpretation.

New intellectual freedom resources for libraries on social media and controversial programs

In response to program cancellations and rising concerns about social media access and privacy, the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee published new guidelines and a Q&A for library workers.

More than a week – 'Choose Privacy' is now an everyday choice

CHICAGO - Beginning this week, the American Library Association's “Choose Privacy” website has a new look and a new URL — chooseprivacyeveryday.org — which emphasizes the importance of preserving patron privacy and data security in today’s libraries every day of the year.

Since 2010, ALA’s “Choose Privacy” website has served as a valuable source of news, information, resources and programming related to privacy, confidentiality and data security in the digital world.

Schools and Libraries Speak Out for Banned Books with Krug Fund Grants

Chicago, IL- The Freedom to Read Foundation extends its congratulations to the 2018 Banned Books Week grants recipients. Each year the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) distributes grants to non-profit organizations to support activities that raise awareness of intellectual freedom and censorship issues during the annual Banned Books Week celebration, held this year from September 23-29. Funding is provided through the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.  This year's grant recipients include:

Freedom to Read Foundation Announces 2018 Conable Conference Scholarship Recipient

CHICAGO — The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has selected Dovi Mae Patino as the recipient of the 2018 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship. The Conable Scholarship will cover Ms. Patino’s expenses to attend the 2018 Annual Conference of the American Library Association (ALA) in New Orleans, Louisiana.