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"Defend the Freedom to Read: Reporting Challenges"

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 from 1 to 2 p.m. Central time

Description: Join ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom for this interactive webinar discussing challenges: formal requests that materials in libraries and schools be removed due to their content or appropriateness. We’ll discuss the current state of challenges – what’s causing controversy right now – and talk about ALA’s efforts to document as many challenges as possible in order to raise awareness about this fundamental intellectual freedom issue. Attendees will learn about the resources and support ALA can offer when libraries are preparing for or responding to challenges. Whether you’re a veteran intellectual freedom fighter or a newbie, this webinar will provide you with information and ideas to help advocate for the freedom to read in your community.

Cost: Free. This webinar was recorded and may be viewed by visiting http://ala.adobeconnect.com/p85jhyod9g6//.


"Choose Privacy Week Programming @ Your Library"

Date: Tuesday, April 9 from 1-2 p.m. Central time

Description: Join ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and librarians across the country to discuss Choose Privacy Week – an education and awareness campaign that invites library users into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age. Choose Privacy Week will take place May 1-7, 2013. In this free webinar, speakers will introduce ideas and tools for privacy-related programming and outreach, with an emphasis on sample programs that have proved successful in school, academic, and public library environments.

Speakers: Michael Zimmer, UW-Milwaukee; Carolyn Caywood; Dr. Deborah Peel, Patient Privacy Rights; Deborah Caldwell-Stone and Angela Maycock, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom

Cost: Free. This webinar was recorded and may be viewed by visiting http://ala.adobeconnect.com/p3rsvmcsxtt/.


"Self-Service Holds and Reader Privacy"

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Central time

Description: The move to self-service holds (also known as open-shelf holds) has enabled many libraries to continue user hold services despite ongoing staff cuts and budget reductions. But many libraries have implemented self-service hold systems that reveal personally identifiable information – including users' full names – that link the user to the specific book or materials on hold, thereby compromising the library user's privacy and confidentiality. Such practices violate the ALA Code of Ethics and may, in some states, violate library confidentiality statutes. In response to this situation, the ALA Council passed a resolution addressing self-service hold practices that encourages both libraries and vendors to adopt self-service hold systems that preserve users' confidentiality. This webinar will explain the legal and ethical standards that support the move to privacy-protective hold systems and discuss various self-service hold systems that both protect user privacy and save the library money.

Cost: Free. This webinar was recorded and may be viewed by visiting http://ala.adobeconnect.com/p9mcv8v8qvq/.


"Choose Privacy Week 2012: The Impact of Government Surveillance on our Civil Liberties" (Three recorded webcasts)

Three experts focus on the growing role of government surveillance in everyday life. The talks are intended to help librarians develop programming and resources for their communities that help individuals better understand how government agencies and corporations are monitoring and tracking their activities, and collecting, storing, and using that information.  

Speakers and Topics:

Amie Stepanovich, "The Future of Biometrics and Government Surveillance"

Amie Stepanovich is legal counsel at Electronic Privacy Information Center, where she works on issues of national security, government surveillance, digital security, and open government.  

Michael German,  "Data Mining, Government Surveillance, and Civil Liberties

Michael German is senior policy counsel for national security and privacy for the ACLU Washington Legislative Office.   He previously served as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he specialized in domestic terrorism and covert operations. He is a Senior Fellow with GlobalSecurity.org.

George Christian, "Government Surveillance in the Library"

George Christian is the executive director of the Library Connection, Inc., a non-profit cooperative of 27 public and academic libraries that share an automated library system and other technology services. In 2005, he joined three other librarians in a lawsuit challenging portions of the USA Patriot Act after he received a National Security Letter seeking sensitive about a library patron.


"Moving Difficult Conversations Toward Positive Outcomes: Coping with Challenges in the Library Workplace"

Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 12:00 p.m. CDT.  Recorded webcast available.

Description: Many librarians find themselves in tough spots when confronted with challenges to library material, policies, or practices.  Whether coming from their higher ups or governing bodies, or from pressure in the community or from parents, such situations can result in poor communication and decision-making, and the result can be negative for all concerned.  To help librarians deal with such situations, the LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund, in cooperation with ALA’s JobList Placement Center and the Office for Intellectual Freedom, is pleased to sponsor this training session to suggest some ways that librarians can turn potential crises into teaching/learning opportunities.

Cost: Free. To access the recording, visit https://ala.ilinc.com/register/svsjkpj. Contact Beatrice Calvin at bcalvin@ala.org or (800) 545-2433, ext. 4280 with any questions.


"Defending the Freedom to Read: Updates on current court cases from the Freedom to Read Foundation" (Recorded webcast)

Date: Available February 2012

Description: Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) General Counsel Theresa Chmara provides an overview of current court cases involving FTRF, including those in which the organization is a plaintiff, has filed an amicus brief, or is monitoring.  

Cost: This webcast is offered as a free benefit to all individual and organizational members of FTRF.  Join the Freedom to Read Foundation.  For more information, contact Jonathan Kelley at jokelley@ala.org or (800) 545-2433 x4226.


"Intellectual Freedom Across the Globe"

Description: During November 2011, OIF and the IFLA Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression offered a series of online learning opportunities focused on intellectual freedom issues in an international context. Topics covered included issues regarding religion and libraries; comics, manga and graphic novels in libraries; and access to health and sexuality information in the developing world.  Webinars were recorded and are now freely available by clicking on the titles below.

"Comics, Graphic Novels, Manga, and Libraries"

Speakers: Charles Brownstein, Executive Director, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, New York, NY, USA; Yasuyo Inoue, Professor, Dokkyo University, Japan [FAIFE Committee member]; and Angela Maycock, Assistant Director, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, Chicago, IL, USA.

"Religion, Free Expression, and Libraries"  

Speakers: Paul Sturges O.B.E., Professor Emeritus, Loughborough University and Professor Extraordinary, University of Pretoria, United Kingdom [past FAIFE chair]; Almuth GastingerSenior Research Librarian, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway; and Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Deputy Director, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, Chicago, IL, USA.

"Access to Health Information and Education in the Developing World"

Speakers: Alejandra Martinez del Prado, Reference Librarian, School of Medicine Library of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico [FAIFE Committee member]; and Barbara Jones, Director, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, Chicago, IL, USA.