Intellectual Freedom

ALA president on NSA leak: 'Our country needs to find the right balance'

ALA Launches Privacy Tools for Libraries

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Coming off the heels of Independence Day, the American Library Association (ALA) launched “ALA Liberty,” a new website that contains tools libraries can use to host educational sessions and public forums that help Americans understand their First and Fourth Amendment rights.

ALA joins others to demand civil liberties

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Library Association recently joined 86 other civil liberties groups, Internet activists and authors to sign an open letter to Congress (.doc), calling for a congressional investigative committee, similar to the Church Committee of the 1970s. The letter is in response to the recent leaking of highly classified documents about the government’s monitoring of private Internet and telephone communications.

The letter calls on Congress to:

Utah Library Association IFC receives the 2013 Gerald Hodges IF Chapter Relations Award

CHICAGO — The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that the Utah Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee is the recipient of the 2013 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award.

Poole, Neal lead group of six elected to Freedom to Read Foundation board

CHICAGO Eva Poole, president of the Public Library Association and chief of staff of the District of Columbia Public Library, and Jim Neal, ALA treasurer and Columbia University Librarian, were the top two vote getters in the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) board of trustees election.  The election, which ran from April 1-May 1 was open to all Freedom to Read Foundation members.

Rosalind Dennis receives AASL Intellectual Freedom Award

CHICAGO – Rosalind Dennis, director of educational media and instructional materials for the DeKalb County (Ga.) School District, is the 2013 recipient of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Intellectual Freedom Award. Established in 1982 and sponsored by ProQuest, the AASLIntellectual Freedom Award is given for upholding the principles of intellectual freedom as set forth by AASL and ALA.

Amnesty International USA receives the 2013 John Philip Immroth Memorial Award

CHICAGO - The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that Amnesty International USA is the recipient of the 2013 John Philip Immroth Memorial Award.

Amnesty International USA has supported intellectual freedom for 52 years.

Intellectual Freedom Round Table to hold 40th anniversary celebration at Chicago Cultural Center

CHICAGO - After 40 years of defending and upholding First Amendment rights, it is time for a party. Come join the Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) from 7:30 - 10 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2013 at the magnificent Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St. at Michigan Ave.) for our 40th Anniversary Celebration.

Author Jamaica Kincaid headlines Freedom to Read Foundation fundraiser

CHICAGO - The Freedom to Read Foundation will present author Jamaica Kincaid as the featured speaker at its annual banned/challenged author event and fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.  The event will take place from 7:30-10 p.m. at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave. (a short walk from the Convention Center).

Filtering continues to be an issue for schools across the country

CHICAGO — According to results of a survey conducted by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), the filtering of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools continues to be an issue in most schools across the country.  An executive summary of the supplemental questions on filtering included as a part of AASL's longitudinal survey, School Libraries Count! is now available on the AASL website in conjunction with the observance of Banned Websites Awareness Day.  Banned Websites Aware

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