Intellectual Freedom

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.

An updated guide to copyright and e-learning

CHICAGO —  Through its practically based overview of current and emerging copyright issues facing those working in e-learning, the new second edition of “Copyright and E-learning: A Guide for Practitioners,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, will help equip professionals with the tools, skills and understanding they need to work confidently and effectively in the virtual learning environment with the knowle

Seeing the Big Picture on Student Data Privacy at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

 
ORLANDO, Fla.—Every day, technology is making it possible to collect and analyze more data regarding students’ performance and behavior, including their use of library resources. The use of big data in the educational environment, however, raises thorny questions and deep concerns about individual privacy and data security.
 

Rick Anderson on libraries, leadership, and scholarly communication

CHICAGO — A creative thinker on topics related to library collections and scholarly publishing, Rick Anderson does not back away from controversy. “Whenever we, as members of an organization like a library, are forced to choose between good things, we may start by trying to figure out some way to have both things,” he writes in the preface to “Libraries, Leadership, and Scholarly Communication: Essays by Rick Anderson,” his new book.

Librarians, student press advocate share 2016 FTRF Roll of Honor Award

CHICAGO — Librarians Helen Adams and Nancy Kranich and attorney and First Amendment advocate Frank LoMonte have been named the recipients of the 2016 Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Roll of Honor Award.   

“I am very pleased and honored to announce Helen Adams, Nancy Kranich and Frank LoMonte as this year’s Roll of Honor co-awardees,” said Honor Roll Committee Chair J. Douglas Archer.  “In his or her own distinctive way, each has been a life-long, stellar defender of free expression and the right to read, view, listen to or otherwise access whatever one chooses.”

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. The document was developed by the IFC Privacy Subcommittee, with input from additional ALA committees, interest groups, and roundtables with an interest in privacy.  

Intellectual Freedom and Minors Webinar

Intellectual Freedom and Minors
Webinar hosted by
Freedom to Read Foundation and ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom

Thursday, May 26, 2016
1pm CST
www.ala.org/advocacy/intellectual-freedom-and-minors

FREE for FTRF Members!

Webinar! "Dear Representative" in time for NLLD

Oftentimes, librarians associate National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) with the singular issue of funding and budget support. But there are many issues that librarians can advocate for to their elected officials. 

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