As 2022 draws to a close, it’s interesting—and important—to consider the impact of last month’s elections on issues of intellectual freedom, particularly on the local level. While this will vary widely from community to community, a good place to stay up to date on these across the country, and other current issues, is ALA’s Intellectual Freedom News, which is updated weekly here.
It offers news organized into categories:
- First Amendment, Free Speech, & Civil Liberties
- Privacy & Cybersecurity
- State and Local Governance
- Social Media
- Information Literacy & Disinformation
- ALA News
Some perspectives on intellectual freedom issues being affected by recent elections are presented in yesterday’s New York Times article on the current “Surge in Book Bans.”
If you experience a challenge at your organization, please remember to share information about it with the Office of Intellectual Freedom. As ALA says “Reporting censorship and challenges to materials, resources, and services is vital to developing the best resources to defend library resources and to protect against challenges before they happen.”
It takes all of us working together to defend the freedom to read, and ALA and ALSC are here to support us, now and into the new year of 2023.
Andrew Medlar is co-chair of the ALSC Intellectual Freedom Committee.