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Banned Books Week Trading Cards Sneak Peek and Artists’ Reception

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 25, 2015

The Freedom to Read Foundation awards grants to organizations in support of 2015 Banned Books Week events.

Check out one of this year's winners!

Chapel HIll Public Library

Chapel Hill Public Library

Banned Books Week Trading Cards Sneak Peek and Artists’ Reception

Friday, September 25th, 7 – 9 PM

Banned Books Trading Cards have become a Chapel Hill tradition. Join us for a chance to see the winning artwork, meet the artists, and get a first look at ALL of this years’ entries.  (There were 101!) Here are the details:

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Tags:  BBW Awards  BBW2015 

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Knox receives ILA Intellectual Freedom Award

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Assistant Professor Emily Knox is the 2015 recipient of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) Intellectual Freedom Award. The award, presented by the ILA Intellectual Freedom Committee, recognizes an individual or group for outstanding contributions in defending intellectual freedom or the advancement of these principles. The award is sponsored by Quality Books Inc. (QBI).

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Tags:  Intellectual Freedom and Censorship 

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FTRF and ALA join amicus brief asserting readers’ First Amendment right to be free of NSA’s online surveillance

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 4, 2015

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and American Library Association (ALA) on Thursday joined with booksellers, international librarians, and research librarians to file an amicus brief defending their ability – and the ability of similar organizations – to challenge on behalf of their users government actions that burden readers' First Amendment rights.   The amicus brief was filed in support of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit  Wikimedia Foundation v. National Security Agency.


The lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)  on behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation and a broad coalition of educational, human rights, legal, and media organizations.   It challenges the National Security Agency's "Upstream" surveillance program.  According to NSA, the "Upstream" surveillance program involves copying Internet traffic—including e-mails, chat, web browsing and other communications—as the data traverses the fiber optic backbone of the Internet. 


This means that the NSA is looking over every reader's shoulders while they're online, compromising the privacy of every library user and bookstore patron who searches a library's or bookseller's online catalog, obtains an e-book, or consults online databases and journals for research, and deterring individuals from exercising their First Amendment right to obtain and read materials that are controversial or reflect deeply private concerns.


The amicus brief, written by the Electronic Frontier Foundation on behalf of the library and bookseller organizations, explains the importance of privacy to the unfettered exercise of First Amendment rights and argues that libraries, booksellers, and similar organizations can assert the rights of their users   related to privacy concerns associated with government access to, and surveillance of, users' reading habits.  It further emphasizes the chill on First Amendment rights that results when the government has unrestricted access to the records of what users read and view online.   


The Electronic Frontier Foundation provides more information on their website, and the full brief can be read online at this link.   The ACLU has full details about Wikimedia Foundation v. NSA on its website, linked here.    Other amici on the brief include the American Booksellers Association, the Association of Research Libraries, and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. 




Tags:  1st Amendment  ALA  amicus brief  internet  NSA  surveillance 

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Austin-area Malvern Books hosts Banned Books Week Event!

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 6, 2015

Sunday, September 27 at 3:00pm.
This event will feature a “read out,” with special guests, including Tish Hinojosa and Mark Smith (Director of the Texas State Library and Archives), reading from their favorite banned books. Audience members are also welcome to read. Attendance is free, but donations to The Freedom to Read Foundation will be gratefully accepted.

Malvern Books
613 W 29th St, Austin, Texas 78705

Tags:  Banned Books Week  Read Outs 

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Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issues decision in lawsuit challenging Arizona’s Ethnic Studies ban

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, July 22, 2015

CHICAGO — On July 7, 2015, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in inArce v. Douglas (formerly Arce v. Huppenthal), a lawsuit filed by students in the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD).  The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of Arizona Revised Statute § 15-112, which prohibits the use of class materials or books that encourage the overthrow of the government, "promote resentment toward a race or class of people," are "designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group" and "advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals."

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Tags:  Arizona  Court of Appeals  ethnic studies 

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