This was basically a round-up of ALA offices and other groups that focus on protecting Intellectual Freedom.
Cake cutting to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ALA’s Office Intellectual Freedom
- The Library Bill of Rights came from this office
- “Freedom means nothing if you choose not to exercise it.”
- Granted this was said when someone went up for cake but still….
- Support- emotional, coaching, etc
- Banned Books Week
- When drawing up doc on an issue, every word, every comma, is debated because they want it to be as clear as possible.
- IFC Privacy Subcommittee last year focused on Practical Privacy regarding the website. As in what can we practically do to help privacy.
- Great toolkit: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/privacy/toolkit
- IF Roundtable is a great way to get involved in ALA ($15/year)
- Committee on Professional Ethics (COPE)
- Came up with ALA’s Code of Ethics
- Freedom to Read Foundation
- Separate from ALA
- They protect 1st Amendment particularly in regard to libraries primarily w/litigation
- The Merritt Fund
- Cash grants for libs that have been wrongly fired
- Repay when able
- Nearly every state has an IF Committee or the like
- Lifelong learning is the very foundation of IF, it’s learning and willingness to ask questions.
- ALA and Harvard are setting up a national network of librarians for social media users to refer dubious articles to so that the poster or reader can get the tools to vet that info.
- This is a great opportunity to show peeps that don’t know what the library offers, what libraries offer.
- Q on how to deal with patrons looking at porn. A: Lots of resources here: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/filtering