The Office for Intellectual Freedom is sponsoring “Sweater Vest Sunday” on Sunday, January 27, 2013, to promote the freedom to read and the importance of reporting challenges to library materials.
We’re all familiar with the OIF’s work with Banned Books Week, but did you know:
·The Office for Intellectual Freedom has a database on challenged materials going back to 1990?
·All challenges reported to OIF are confidential?
·Reporting your challenge gives the OIF a better understanding of what is being challenged, where, by whom, and why, allowing the OIF to better support you?
·The OIF only publishes specific information about a challenge if that information is available through the media?
·In spite of all of this, it looks as though less than 25% of challenges are reported to the OIF?
·You can find out more about what OIF does in this video?
Now that you’ve got the facts straight, it’s time to show your support for reporting challenges!
Wear your sweater vest on Sunday, January 27 and if you’ll be at Midwinter, join us at the Intellectual Freedom Discussion Group session from 1-2:30 pm in room 616 of the Washington State Convention Center.
For all of the details on how to participate whether you’ll be at Midwinter or not, check out the official press release.
Amanda Goldson, ALSC Intellectual Freedom committee member