Category Archives: Blogger Intellectual Freedom Committee

Celebrate 404 Day!

On April 4, 2014, the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) teamed up to celebrate 404 Day- the day that honors this little message that pops up when there’s an error and you can’t access … Continue reading

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Focus on the Positive: Book Challenges

Yesterday afternoon I was sitting in the airport with library colleagues and we started talking about all of the positives that can come out of a materials challenge. Challenges can be stressful, but they do bring good for libraries, books … Continue reading

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ALSC Intellectual Freedom Committee Update & Resources

In January, the ALSC Intellectual Freedom met at Midwinter.  While we talked about many things, the overarching theme was what does Intellectual Freedom mean now?   IF is more than just banned books and book challenges, at its core it’s about … Continue reading

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Gene Ambaum on Intellectual Freedom

This month’s Intellectual Freedom post is brought to you by Gene Ambaum, half of the talented team that cracks you up regularly with the Unshelved® comic strip. Bill Barnes and I have been revamping our How to Ban a Book keynote, … Continue reading

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Keeping IF Fresh

Every year around this time all the children’s services staff in our District gather together for one full day of staff development. It’s always a fun day; a chance to see everybody and catch up on news, and the trainings … Continue reading

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A Gracious and Respectful Letter of Response

Last month’s blog post by the ALSC Intellectual Freedom committee included a sample book challenge response letter which reminded a colleague of the absolutely hilarious keynote address presented by Gene Ambaum of Unshelved fame. Because everyone at Unshelved is totally … Continue reading

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Dude, Report Challenges

Dude, report challenges. It is important. According to the Office of Intellectual Freedom’s estimations, only 20 to 25 percent of challenges are reported. Please take the time to report challenges. It is easy. There are several ways to do it … Continue reading

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Censorship Education

The concept of Banned Books has always been a funny one to me.  I grew up and thrived in a household where I was encouraged to dress how I wanted, be who I wanted, think how I wanted, and read … Continue reading

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