November 20, 1969: The Freedom to Read Foundation articles of incorporation filed with the State of Illinois.
November 20, 2014: FTRF members kick off a year-long celebration of our 45th anniversary with a special Google Hangout!
Please join YA author Chris Crutcher, along with FTRF trustees, staff, and members as we hold the first in a series of events celebrating 45 years of defending libraries, library users, and the First Amendment to the Constitution. This event is free and open to all.
Starting in January, FTRF will hold a number of fundraising and awareness-raising events across the country. We'll let you know about events in your area, and other ways you can help support FTRF's litigation and educational efforts. The festivities will culminate in a very special online event next fall.
Make sure to use #FTRF45 for any Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or other social media post referencing these events over the coming 12 months. We look forward to a great turnout!
FTRF members are invited to
participate in aFREE live
webinar on Tuesday, April 29, featuring FTRF General Counsel Theresa Chmara.
At this one-hour session, Chmara will discuss recent cases in which FTRF
has become involved, includingArce v.
HuppenthalandSusan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus. She also will take your questions about FTRF's litigation
webinar will take place from noon-1:00 pm EDT
(9:00-10:00 am PDT). It will be recorded for those members unable to
register, you must log in to the FTRF site using yourusername and password. If you are unsure of
session will be open to all current FTRF members. To join or renew your
membership, please visit www.ftrf.org/?Membership. If you have any questions
about your FTRF membership status, please email email@example.com.
Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley,
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
FTRF members are invited to participate in a special webinar with Theresa Chmara, FTRF's General Council. The one-hour webinar, entitled, "Filtering, Leafleting, and Book Banning", will feature updates and Q&A sessions on recent litigation involving libraries and the First Amendment.
There is no cost to attend.
To register, visit http://www.ftrf.org/event/Chmara_Webinar.
If you are not a current member of the Freedom to Read Foundation, please join or renew your membership by April 2 to participate in this great event!
Questions? Contact Jonathan Kelley at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 280-4226.
Freedom to Read Foundation General Counsel Theresa Chmara has written an article for American Libraries magazine discussing recent court decisions in Washington and Missouri affecting Internet filtering in libraries:
Why Recent Court Decisions Don’t Change the Rules on Filtering
Several libraries have been sued recently on the grounds that their internet filtering programs are unconstitutional, raising questions in the library community about whether the rules have changed about blocking software.
The short answer is no.
In discussing a federal judge's recent decision in the case Bradburn v. North Central Regional Library, Chmara explained that:
The fact that the district court in one case upheld an internet filtering system does not mean that other libraries can be assured of a similar result.
In another recent case involving a school library, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri reached a different conclusion. The court held on February 15 that the school district in Camdenton, Missouri, had unconstitutionally blocked websites that support or advocate on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people while permitting students access to websites that condemn homosexuality or oppose legal protections for LGBT people.
In that case, the district had to pay significant legal expenses. Chmara concludes by noting:
If libraries use filters that block constitutionally protected material deemed harmful to minors and do not allow adults to disable filters, or fail to provide an effective unblocking system, those libraries may open the door to years of litigation and significant legal expenses.
We encourage everyone interested in this issue to read the entire article (plus Chmara's follow-up comment) at American Libraries. As she points out, neither the article nor the comment are intended as legal opinions, and libraries should consult their legal counsel regarding their particular situation.
The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) is a non-profit legal and educational organization affiliated with the American Library Association (http://www.ala.org/) . FTRF protects and defends the First Amendment to the Constitution and supports the right of libraries to collect - and individuals to access - information.