Category Archives: Blogger Intellectual Freedom Committee

Fired Up About the Freedom to Read

When you say “yes” to an appointment to serve on an ALSC committee, you’re saying “yes” to meeting interesting people, and getting re-energized about topics and issues that are important to our profession and vital to those we serve. The … Continue reading

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Two Takes on Challenging Materials

Among the standard review and professional journals to which my library subscribes, there are a few that are a little more unusual to find in a public librarian’s inbox. Literacy Today, the magazine of the International Literacy Association (ILA), is one of … Continue reading

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Unsung Heroes

I had an encounter recently that shifted my perspective.  We are proud – justifiably – of our role as defenders of freedom to read and access to information.  And, as a colleague reported in a recent post, that role is … Continue reading

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A Challenge of My Own

I wonder how many children’s librarians work for forty years without ever facing a challenge to a book in their collection. I finally had one this summer, when a parent objected to the inclusion of Robie Harris’ much-acclaimed It’s NOT the … Continue reading

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Are You Ready for Banned Books Week?

Banned Books Week, a celebration of our freedom to read, takes place September 27- October 3.  Many libraries and book sellers will be offering activities, displays and events to remind us of the importance of everyone’s right to access materials … Continue reading

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Considering Access and Library Spaces

A person’s right to use a library should not be denied to or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views. — Article V of the Library Bill of Rights First, let me introduce myself demographically. I’m chronologically gifted. In … Continue reading

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What’s New With IF?

Greetings from the ALSC Intellectual Freedom Committee! Our committee is tasked with keeping ALSC up-to-date on IF issues being discussed across the ALA divisions. We’ve got a few exciting projects on the horizon that we’re looking forward to sharing with all of you! … Continue reading

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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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