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Addressing Comics Challenges Community Zine Project

For the last two years, I’ve had the honor of co-chairing ALSC’s Intellectual Freedom Committee.  The timing of my chairmanship has been interesting to say the least, as more and more school and public libraries have faced organized efforts to undermine the freedom to read. 

The committee recently held a We Are ALSC Chat about the dangers and insidious nature of self-censorship.  Following that program, I learned of an exciting opportunity from ALA’s Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table: the Addressing Comics Challenges Community Zine Project. The project’s purpose is to spread awareness of the work library workers, educators, creators and others do to support the freedom to read by creating original zines.

According to committee co-chairs Daniel Patton and Eti Berland, “We are looking for pieces that showcase the many things we can do to fight censorship. We hope that library workers, educators, comics creators, young people, community members, and anyone who supports the freedom to read will join this project and grow our collective knowledge to take action. We’d love to see submissions that adapt our Addressing Comics Challenges toolkit as mini-comics, offer practical strategies that you have seen make a difference, dispel myths about censorship, and share strategies for taking care of yourself and your colleagues. We’ve included suggestions in our call for submissions, but there’s no limit to our community’s expertise, insight, and creativity.”

The deadline for submission is May 31st.  You can learn more about the call for submissions here.

I look forward to enjoying the creativity that will come from this project!

This post addresses the core competencies of II. Reference and User Services, IV. Knowledge, Curation, and Management of Materials, V. Outreach and Advocacy, and VII. Professionalism and Professional Development.

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