Intellectual Freedom Stories from the Frontline

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In 2020 the American Library Association will be publishing a book that has the current working title: Intellectual Freedom Stories From the Frontline. The book is a collection of stories from and about librarians who have experienced challenges to library material and/or challenges to intellectual freedom.

The book is an anthology of stories from all library types. Stories will address examples of censorship challenges related to (but not limited to): religious intolerance, prisoner rights, Black Lives Matter, anti-immigrant sentiment, international challenges, politics, working with culturally sensitive material, weeding as a form of censorship, self-censorship, displays, intellectual freedom, dis-invited speakers, trigger warnings, Me Too, meeting room uses, or any other censorship topic you have experienced in a library or related to library material and/or programming.

We are no longer accepting submissions for the book, but if you are interested in this topic and you are interested in participating in the ongoing project please contact me at: intellectualfreedombook@gmail.com

Areas of continuing interest include:

  • Protecting the intellectual freedom of homeless patrons
  • Ways the Black Lives Matter Movement has impacted your library
  • How the #MeToo Movement has impacted your library
  • Protecting the intellectual freedom of people who are incarcerated
  • Are libraries neutral when it comes to intellectual freedom? How are you considering this as a librarian? Is your library actively engaged in some kind of change related to this topic?
  • Does intellectual freedom protect power structures that should be dismantled? How are you considering this as a librarian? Is your library actively engaged in some kind of change related to this topic?

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