A webinar hosted by the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom (ALA OIF)
Challenges to materials, programs, and exhibits are a consistent feature of library workers’ experience in the United States and around the world. . Attempts at censorship may change with trends in politics, current laws, and social norms, but the need to protect access to materials and respect First Amendment rights continues.
ALA Editions recently released a book in partnership with the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom titled Intellectual Freedom Stories from a Shifting Landscape. Edited by librarian Val Nye, the book shares librarians' censorship stories from librarians and libraries throughout the United States, Nye highlights current challenges arising from current issues and concerns, such as the #MeToo movement, the continued and increasing challenges to LGBTQIA+ materials and books addressing racial and social justice. In this webinar Nye raises awareness of the shifting landscape of censorship and several contributors from her book will join Nye to share their experience with materials challenges . Librarians, library staff, students, and library trustees will benefit and learn how to respond and manage challenges in a changing environment. .
Valerie Nye is the Library Director at the Santa Fe Community College. She previously worked as a library director at the Institute of American Indian Arts and as a library consultant at the New Mexico State Library, where she started researching and training others on intellectual freedom and banned books. She has coedited a book with Kathy Barco, True Stories of Censorship Battles in America’s Libraries, and a literary research guide with R. Neil Scott, Postmarked Milledgeville: A Guide to Flannery O'Connor's Correspondence in Libraries and Archives. She currently serves on the board of Amigos Library Services and holds an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
James Allen Davis has over fifteen years of public library experience. He currently works as an adult services librarian for the Central Branch of the Denver Public Library. J James is president of the Colorado Black Library Association and currently sits on the executive board of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.
Rhiannon Sorrell (Diné) is the instruction and digital services librarian at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation. Born to Kinłichíí´nii (Red House People) and Ta'neezahnii (Tangle People) Clans, Rhiannon has an interdisciplinary background in English and information literacy instruction, creative nonfiction, and special collections and archival services. She is a member of the 2018 cohort of ALA’s Emerging Leaders and serves on the executive board of the American Indian Library Association and the Tribal Colleges and Universities Library Association. Rhiannon is a partner and Diné coordinator for the NEH funded-project “The Afterlife of Film: Upgrading and Tribesourcing Southwest Materials in the American Indian Film Gallery.”
Jennifer Stickles currently serves as the library manager of the Salamanca Public Library in rural New York. She was previously the head of youth and adult programs at the Olean (New York) Public Library. She holds an MLS from Clarion University and has eighteen years of experience working in academic and public libraries. She is one of the founding members and current president of the LGBTQIA Round Table of the New York Library Association. Jennifer has presented at the New York Library Association Annual Conference and at the Association of Small and Rural Libraries 2019 Annual Conference on the topic of LGBTQIA services in public libraries. Her program, Drag Queen Kids' Party, received the Western New York Library Resources Council 2018 Outstanding Library Program Award.