Category Archives: Blogger Intellectual Freedom Committee

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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We’ve Suffered Enough!

“It is of the opinion of Lemony Snicket, author, reader, and alleged malcontent, that librarians have suffered enough.” This is how the opening of the description of the Lemony Snicket Award begins. Created by Daniel Handler (Snicket’s grownup name), the … Continue reading

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My Parents Open Carry

What obligation do public or school libraries have to purchase materials that present a range of views on controversial subjects? Must every controversy be treated the same way? How do our personal biases affect our purchasing decisions? Should libraries take … Continue reading

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Hurray for Another Year of Intellectual Freedom!

ALSC Intellectual Freedom Commitee members are looking forward to a third year of contributing to the ALSC Blog. Our blog posts are usually scheduled for the third Saturday of the month and we have a whole pile of interesting topic … Continue reading

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