We are pleased to announce that the Freedom to Read Foundation is a national promotional partner of AASL's Banned Websites Awareness Day. Now in its second year, Banned Websites Awareness Day was created to raise awareness of the overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries. Check out the press release here.
Banned Websites Awareness Day will take place on Wednesday, October 3, 2012.
Among the activities for BWAD is a free webinar, "How to be a Ninja Warrior Filter Fighter!" Presented by Gwynyth Jones, this session will focus on how overly restrictive filtering affects student learning and what school librarians can do to fight restrictive filtering in their schools.
The webinar, which will take place at 7:00 p.m. EDT (4:00 Pacific) is open to both AASL members and non-members.
Another national partner for BWAD, the ACLU, has a lot of resources available via its "Don't Filter Me" project, inspired by the discovery that many school library filters were blocking pro-LGBT material. FTRF's general counsel Theresa Chmara addressed this issue and others in her July 2012 memorandum on filtering.