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Privacy to Pornography: What Staff Need to Know about Intellectual Freedom

Monday, Nov. 27, at 1 p.m. Central Time.

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Whether you’re an educator or library director, front-facing circulation desk staff member or behind-the-scenes cataloger, understanding the First Amendment rights of your patrons is essential. In this one-hour webinar, Freedom to Read Foundation consultant Joyce Hagen-McIntosh will review best practices and ALA guidelines for topics ranging from privacy and pornography, to access and selection. Hagen-McIntosh will help librarians navigate the abundance of ALA resources and policies by providing real-world examples and addressing common issues in the library community. This 101 session is a perfect opportunity for students and new professionals to delve into intellectual freedom advocacy, and a helpful refresher for veteran intellectual freedom fighters.


Emerging Issues in Intellectual Freedom

Friday, August 4, 2017, 1 p.m. Central
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Join the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom for “Emerging Issues in Intellectual Freedom,” a free webinar on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 at 1 p.m. Central.

Twice a year, FTRF trustees and liaisons meet to discuss emerging intellectual freedom topics in our libraries, schools and government offices. Often these topics overlap with issues of privacy, censorship and the First Amendment.

Do They Still Teach That? Ethics in LIS Curricula

Martin Garner, Presenter
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 1 p.m. Central

As a degree, the master of library science is regularly questioned as to whether it is still effective as preparation for professional roles in the field. Concerns range from a lack of technical proficiency and practical skills in graduates to whether a graduate degree is even necessary to be a librarian. Defenders of the degree talk about the theoretical foundation given to graduates of library and information science (LIS) programs, including a grounding in the principles and values that undergird the professional work of a librarian. If that is one of the primary justifications of the degree, then it is important to understand how those principles and values, including professional ethics, are taught in library and information science programs.

More than twenty years have elapsed since the last comprehensive review of ethics education in LIS programs, so the American Library Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics decided to undertake a survey of all accredited LIS programs to ascertain the current state of ethics education in graduate programs, compare it to historical approaches, and discover how the committee can best use its resources to support the teaching of ethics to future librarians.

This webinar will review the study’s findings, discuss future research needs, and ask participants to reflect on their own educational experiences with ethics in LIS programs


Libraries in the Jim Crow South and a Conversation with One of the Tougaloo Nine

Date: Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 - 1 p.m. Central.

In celebration of Black History Month, the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (ALA OIF) are excited to present a unique webinar: “Libraries in the Jim Crow South and a Conversation with One of the Tougaloo Nine,” on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at 1 p.m. Central. Join author Cheryl Knott (“Not Free, Not for All: Public Libraries in the Age of Jim Crow”) and Civil Rights activist Geraldine Hollis (author of “Back to Mississippi”), along with artists Michael Crowell and Chapel Hill Library Director Susan Brown, for an engaging and educational conversation on the history of libraries and life in the Jim Crow South.

The Jim Crow laws were in effect in the U.S. South from 1890 -1965. During that time, libraries were one of many segregated institutions. Geraldine Hollis (then Edwards), a student at Tougaloo College in Mississippi, was one of nine students arrested at the whites-only public library in Jackson for attempting to read books that were not available at the colored library. The recent movie “Hidden Figures” highlighted several heroines from the Civil Rights era and there are numerous unsung heroes who contributed to the progress we’ve seen; Geraldine Hollis is one of those heroes.


 "IF and Minors" FTRF/OIF Joint Educational Webinar

We all have First Amendment rights, but does that include children?
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2016

Guest speakers: popular YA author Chris Crutcher and FTRF General Counsel Theresa Chmara.

Most of the challenges to the materials and services in libraries are launched by parents, and usually to protect children (some as old as 17). What freedom do they have to read, view, and check out the materials they want?