Intellectual Freedom

Readers invited to participate in Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament during Banned Books Week

CHICAGO — To coincide with this year's ALA Banned Books Week’s theme, “Words Have Power,” the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom is harnessing the power of social media to host engaging activities and ignite conversations about the freedom to read.

Libraries invited to join social media activity this Banned Books Week

This Banned Books Week, let patrons know that their words have power — especially their tweets.

During Banned Books Week (Sept. 24-30), the Office for Intellectual Freedom is inviting libraries and nonprofits to partner with it for the Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament, a Banned Books Week activity that encourages readers to discuss censorship online. Partners receive a digital toolkit, and partner libraries are entered into a drawing for intellectual freedom-themed prizes.

Robert P. Doyle is granted the 2017 John Philip Immroth Memorial Award

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that Robert P. Doyle is the recipient of the 2017 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award.

The Immroth Award recognizes Doyle’s defense of intellectual freedom in a library career spanning more than 30 years.

Webinar: Libraries in the Jim Crow South and a Conversation with One of the Tougaloo Nine

In celebration of Black History Month, the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) are excited to present a unique webinar: “Libraries in the Jim Crow South and a Conversation with One of the Tougaloo Nine,” on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at 1 p.m. Central.

New checklists provide practical steps to protect patron privacy

CHICAGO —  The American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) approved seven new "privacy checklists" at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia to help libraries of all types and capacities take practical steps to protect patron privacy. The checklists complement the Library Privacy Guidelines approved by the IFC in 2016. The checklists include:

LITA offers Patron Privacy Checklists in support of Library Bill of Rights

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) defends the American Library Association's traditional protections of library patron privacy and encourages all libraries to adopt a privacy policy and practices consistent with ALA's principles.

LITA affirms the ALA Code of Ethics Principle III:

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.

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