Blogger Elizabeth Serrano

Banned Books Week from a Grad Student’s Perspective

Occasionally, the ALSC staff has the pleasure of working with interns early in their careers. Sometimes they are future librarians, and sometimes they aspire to enter a different but related field. That was the case of one of our recent intern, Sania Zaffar. She is a student at Loyola University in Chicago studying to become a Special Education elementary teacher. When Sania began working with ALSC, she was not familiar with Banned Books Week, so she spent some time with Kristin Pekoll, Assistant Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) to learn all about it. One of the things that stood out during their conversation was that books targeted toward middle-age youth are more challenged or banned than those for younger children. Check out Sania’s article, Never Judge a [Children’s] Book by Its Cover to find out more about why. This does not mean picture books are never called into…

Blogger Laura Schulte-Cooper

Community Forum on Digital Literacy, Digital Citizenship for Children in Libraries

ALSC/AASL Collaborative Community Forum: Digital Literacy, Digital Citizenship for Children in Libraries

The ALSC Board of Directors and 2017 ALSC President Nina Lindsay will be co-hosting an ALSC/AASL Collaborative Community Forum live chat on the topic of Digital Literacy, Digital Citizenship for Children in Libraries. The forum will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at: 1 pm Eastern 12 pm Central 11 am Mountain 10 am Pacific With library and education funding and policy in question, who is teaching children information literacy–where and how? From “fake news” to new privacy concerns, from government “data rescue” to the threat to intellectual freedom with loss of data and access to broadband, what on-the-ground strategies can library staff in public and school libraries employ to prepare children to be digitally literate citizens? This ALSC Community Forum will be jointly hosted by ALSC’s Intellectual Freedom Committee and American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Directors. We are delighted to open this forum to both divisions’ members. Helpful Resources…

Blogger Intellectual Freedom Committee

Respect

Respect is a theme that kept popping up in my recent reading. I’m catching up on some middle-school fiction and dealing with demeaning, diminishing and disrespectful behavior from peers and adults is a motif that recurs over and over. Of course, it’s an issue that persists into the adult world. How people communicate on social media and in the comments section in traditional media has gotten lots of attention recently.  Freedom of speech is easier to love if the speech isn’t directed at you.

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The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund- Learning About Comics and Intellectual Freedom at #alaac14

I had the pleasure of attending a wonderful program this afternoon, The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund- Intellectual Freedom and the Defense of Graphic Novels and Comic Books. The entertaining and educational presentation led by the executive director of the CBLDF, Charles Brownstein, covered nearly 30 years of comic book censorship history. As a self proclaimed comic book nerd and leader of a graphic novel book club for tweens at my public library, I was genuinely shocked to learn about the dramatic and controversial history of comic books. Did you know that there were public burnings of comic books in this country in the 1940s?! Many people believed that comic books rotted children’s brains and caused teenagers to become criminals. This is history people, I couldn’t make this sort of crazy up! The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a nonprofit organization that works hard to protects comic book artists,…