Category Archives: Blogger Intellectual Freedom Committee

Freedom To Read Foundation #alaac15

I spent today at the FTRF Board of Trustees meeting hearing about litigation, legislation and other issues that could potentially infringe on our freedom to read. FTRF is a non-profit organization dedicated to defending the first amendment through participation in … Continue reading

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Dealing with Challenges to Graphic Novels

Graphic novels have become a common staple in libraries all across the country. With illustrated content that can be seen by eyes of all ages, graphic novels are more vulnerable to challenges than other materials. What can libraries do when … Continue reading

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Youth Who Take A Stand

Children ask two types of questions when they approach the reference desk: self-imposed  or those imposed by others such as teachers and parents. As a children’s librarian I have answered hundreds, if not thousands of children’s questions over the past … Continue reading

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Leveling and Labeling: An Interview with Pat Scales

As school districts across the country continue to adopt leveled reading programs like Accelerated Reader, school and public libraries are under increasing pressure to label library materials with leveling information. This can be a distressing proposition for many reasons, but … Continue reading

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Self-Censorship

Lately, there have been many questions regarding censorship floating around social media. A majority are phrased as collection development questions. e.g. “Is it okay to put this book in the Children’s Department?” Librarians are becoming increasingly concerned with themes such … Continue reading

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Intellectual Freedom: Online Learning Opportunities

Looking for an opportunity to brush up on intellectual freedom information? Here is a quick round up of some free webinars that you can enjoy from the comfort of your desk chair: Introduction to Intellectual Freedom in the Library through … Continue reading

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The Stories of L., M., N., O., P., and the Freedom to Read

What’s a librarian to do when a patron adores certain genres, but his or her parent wants to restrict the child from reading them? There have been several such families in our community—all zealous library users and participants in our … Continue reading

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Are You Prepared?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how we prepare library staff to handle intellectual freedom issues that arise. While most libraries have a reconsideration policy in place, public service staff is not always prepared to actually respond to concerns … Continue reading

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