Intellectual Freedom

ALA President Courtney Young releases statement regarding Charlie Hebdo attack

CHICAGO – Today American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young released the following statement regarding the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

“The American Library Association condemns in the strongest possible terms yesterday’s attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris and the deaths of the twelve people there.    

Rapid growth in 3D printer use raises public policy issues for libraries and society

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Public policy issues surrounding 3D printers are now coming to the fore as the technology becomes more widely available in America’s libraries and homes. To ensure people are able to use 3D printers responsibly and effectively, librarians must now work towards developing policies in copyright, trademark, privacy, product liability and more. Established, reasonable practices for 3D printing will enable this technology to best serve our communities and inform the laws, regulations and judicial decisions to come.

It's here! Celebrate Banned Books Week!

CHICAGO — Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, is here! From New York to Alaska, libraries, schools, bookstores and book-loving individuals across the country are fighting back against censorship and saying yes to their right to read.

Quiz promotes Banned Books Week, Sept. 21-27

Which banned book are you?

CHICAGO — Take the new online “Which Banned Book Are You” quiz and find out which banned or challenged book best fits your personality. Developed by librarians at Columbus State Community College (CSCC) in Ohio, the quiz was created to celebrate Banned Books Week and the freedom to read and the right to choose reading materials without restriction. 

Affirm the freedom to read during Banned Books Week, Sept. 21 – 27, 2014

CHICAGO — It may surprise some to find out there are hundreds of reported attempts to ban books every year in the United States. It may be even more astounding for them to hear that since 1990, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has received reports of more than 18,000 attempts to remove materials in schools and libraries for content deemed by some as inappropriate, controversial or even dangerous.

Free Banned Books Week webinar at noon ET on Sept. 24

CHICAGO—Travel to London, South Carolina, Texas and California to learn about efforts to un-ban books by attending the free webinar, "Regional Issues for Banned Books in 2014."

In 2013, there were hundreds of reported requests for books to be removed from America’s libraries, potentially putting those volumes out of reach of students, readers and learners of all types.  While every corner of the map faces unique issues related to library censorship, these issues also catalyze passionate freedom-to-read advocates dedicated to getting the books back on library shelves.

Call for events: Organizations invited to post events for Banned Books Week, Sept. 21-27

CHICAGO — The Executive Committee of Banned Books Week invites organizations and individuals, such as libraries, authors, publishers, bookstores and schools, to share how they are celebrating 2014’s Banned Books Week.  This year’s Banned Books Week, which is taking place from Sept. 21-27, will shine a light on comics and graphic novels. The committee has created a simple form on to which organizations can post their activities.

FTRF to award two scholarships for 'Intellectual Freedom and Censorship' LIS course

CHICAGO The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) will provide two scholarships to interested Library & Information Science (LIS) students for “Intellectual Freedom and Censorship,” a two-credit online course taking place Aug. 26–Oct. 10, 2014.

Information governance and security

CHICAGO — Written by Alan MacLennan, “Information Governance and Assurance: Reducing Risk, Promoting Policy,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, is a comprehensive textbook that discusses the legal, organizational and ethical aspects of information governance and information security and their relevance to all aspects of information work.


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