For immediate release | January 19, 2018

OIF to showcase new selection policy toolkit at Midwinter

The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) will showcase an expanded and updated toolkit at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, CO, to ensure libraries have an essential policy to protect against censorship. Titled “Selection & Reconsideration Policy Toolkit for Public, School, & Academic Libraries,” this comprehensive resource is designed for libraries of all types and sizes and offers practical guidance and resources on responsibility for selection, selecting controversial materials and reconsideration requests.

"'Do you have a reconsideration policy?' is the first question I ask when someone calls our office with a challenge." said Kristin Pekoll, OIF's assistant director.

Five members of the working group who authored the toolkit will host a panel at Midwinter titled “The Front Lines of Intellectual Freedom - Protecting Your Pages with Policy.” Join Helen Adams, chair of ALA's Intellectual Freedom Committee, with Valerie Nye, April Dawkins, Lisa Errico, Jean Duncan McFarren and Pekoll from 3-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 at the Colorado Convention Center, Room 404. Professionally designed print toolkits will be available for all attendees to bring back to their libraries. The panel is part of the Symposium on the Future of Libraries lineup.

The toolkit is available online at ala.org/tools/challengesupport/selectionpolicytoolkit.

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ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) educates librarians and the general public about the nature and importance of intellectual freedom in libraries, as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights. Established in 1967, it offers library resources on a range of intellectual freedom subjects — from privacy and filtering, to collection development and selection policies. OIF provides confidential support to anyone undergoing a material or service challenge. OIF is on the web at ala.org/oif, Facebook at facebook.com/ALAOIF and Twitter at @oif.

Contact:

Kristin Pekoll

Assistant Director

American Library Association

Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF)

kpekoll@ala.org

312-280-4221