A FREE on-demand webinar presented in partnership with ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom
Banned Books Week (BBW) has been a mainstay in American libraries for over 30 years. This annual event brings together communities in support of the freedom to read and to express ideas, even those considered unorthodox or unpopular. Some libraries have been celebrating BBW for decades and feel like they are "preaching to the choir," while others have steered clear of stirring up controversy. This free on-demand webinar from PLA and the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) shines a light on these and other barriers to successful participation in BBW and focuses on solutions to keep your library’s involvement fresh, relevant, and meaningful to your community.
Originally presented September 13, 2017.
At the conclusion of this on-demand webinar, participants will:
- Recognize potential barriers to celebrating Banned Books Week in their communities;
- Know the free resources, tools, and recommendations available from ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom; and
- Gain fresh ideas for celebrating the freedom to read at their libraries.
- Slideshow (PDF, 26 pgs.)
- ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom
- ALA Challenge Support
- ALA Intellectual Freedom: Issues and Resources
- Library Bill of Rights Poster
- Banned Books Week
- Library Bill of Rights
- Intellectual Freedom Blog: Report Censorship: Defend the Public’s Freedoms
- ALA Challenge Reporting
- ALA Banned & Challenged Books: Free Downloads
- Frequently Challenged Books
- Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament
- Banned Books Week Products in the ALA Store
- Banned Books Week Event on Thunderclap
- Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament at Your Library
- Banned Books Week Q&A
- Knowledge Quest: “Confession: Sometimes Banned Books Week makes me cringe”
- ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom on YouTube
- Banned Books Week on Pinterest
- Banned Books Week Proclamation
- Letter to the Editor for Banned Books Week
- Banned Books Week on Facebook
- ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom on Facebook
- ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom on Twitter
- Email: email@example.com
Who Should Attend
This free on-demand webinar is open to everyone and will be helpful for anyone interested in intellectual freedom issues, particularly those library staff involved in development of programs or displays, community engagement, or administration.
Kristin Pekoll is assistant director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF). She is dedicated to promoting the right to read and providing education about free speech and the First Amendment. The OIF team works enthusiastically to create and promote an engaging campaign for Banned Books Week to celebrate the freedom to read and express ideas and discuss the harms of censorship. Kristin shines a light on current book challenges in libraries and schools and advocates for access to information through blogs, newsletters, social media, and webinars. As a former public librarian, she is most passionate about supporting teachers and librarians on the front lines. You can reach her on Twitter @kpekoll or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This on-demand webinar is free and available 24/7 for your viewing convenience.
How to Register
No registration is required.
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Credits or CEUs
PLA does not award credit hours, or CEUs, for its on-demand webinars and cannot verify participation.