Category Archives: Blogger Intellectual Freedom Committee

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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Beware of Open Manholes: An Interview with Daniel Handler

I had the opportunity to meet with Daniel Handler at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas last month to ask him a few questions about Intellectual Freedom and some other stuff. Do you have a favorite banned and/or challenged … Continue reading

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It’s Private. It’s Personal!

Dear Diary: I keep you locked and hidden in my favorite secret hidey-hole to keep snoopy people OUT OF MY BUSINESS! THIS MEANS YOU [_______________________________________________]!!! Fill in name of older, or younger, or every sibling above in ALL CAPS Did … Continue reading

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Poverty & Access: An Intellectual Freedom Issue

According to ALA, “intellectual freedom is the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction. It provides for free access to all expressions of ideas through which any and all sides … Continue reading

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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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