February 17, 2018

A Commons at Risk: We must act to secure net neutrality | Editorial

Now is the time to find, create, or build the will to secure net neutrality, instilling in policy the equitable access to the Internet we have come to rely on as a society. Last month’s ruling against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) denied the body’s authority to regulate Internet service providers (ISPs) as if they were common carriers without designating them as such. The decision releases ISPs to do as they please in developing commercial interests and threatens to allow the usurpation of the essential public resource the Internet has become.

Office of Intellectual Freedom Reaches Out for Help as Challenges Slip Through the Cracks | ALA Midwinter 2014

At the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter conference in Philadelphia, the organization’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) stated that the number of challenges to books in school and public libraries is on the rise. Some464 challenges were reported to OIF officials in 2012, a steep rise from the 328 recorded in 2011 and 2010’s total of 346 reported challenges.

ALA Launches Resources for Commuity Dialogue Around Privacy | ALA 2013

The American Library Association has launched a new website, ala.org/liberty, in response to the recent revelations about widespread surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA). The site offers a toolkit and other resources for libraries to convene forums and moderate community discussions on privacy. Many more resources will be added in the weeks to come, an ALA representative said.

How Do You Manage? Case Study: Seal of Disapproval

By Michael Rogers “Did you see this nonsense?” Virginia Conway asked fellow librarian Lois Brody. “What, Ginny?” said Brody. The two women are among the staff of the medium-sized Walker Public Library. “This new directive from on high,” Conway said, pointing to an item in the local newspaper. “After that huckleberry in the comptroller’s office […]

ALA 2010 Midwinter Meeting: Location Change to FTRF Event

By Raya Kuzyk ALA 2010 Midwinter Meeting – American Library Association – Library Journal The Freedom To Read Foundation’s (FTRF) fifth annual author event, to be held in conjunction with the American Library Association’s (ALA) Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table (GLBTRT) Midwinter Social, will be held on Sunday, Jan. 17, at Harvard Medical […]

Editorial: Librarians Too “Annoyed”

By Francine Fialkoff The tongue-in-cheek title alludes to the equally tongue-in-cheek blog that moved last month to LibraryJournal.com, Annoyed Librarian, or, as I call her, AL. The A could stand for anonymous, too, since AL is masked by her moniker, fighting for truth, justice, and the American library. By inviting AL to move her blog […]

LJ Talks to Alaska Children’s Librarian Charlotte Glover on the Wasilla Book Banning Controversy and Other Collection Decisions

By Norman Oder Should a library add Daddy’s Roommate? Know your community, whether it’s Wasilla or Anchorage  What to do when a book disappears See LJ‘s complete Sarah Palin and Libraries coverage. Given the controversy over the gay-themed titles that allegedly raised the ire of some Wasilla, AK, residents, and the inquiries by then-Mayor Sarah Palin about […]

Wasilla Librarian Doesn’t Recall Palin’s ‘Banned’; Titles, but Reporter Does, Vaguely

By Norman Oder See LJ‘s complete Sarah Palin and Libraries coverage. First public statement by former library head Newspaper reporter recalls titles, but memory unclear Palin’s church concerned about book on gays; mayor’s role murky More information has finally emerged about Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s alleged efforts to ban books from the Wasilla Public Library, […]

No Jail for Woman Who Took Library’s ‘Obscene’; Book

By Norman Oder Resident took sex ed book, called it obscene City imposed fine, but didn’t pursue jail time Four copies of book donated to the library The city of Lewiston, ME, has decided not to pursue further prosecution of a woman who refused to return a library book on sex education she calls obscene. JoAn […]

Appeals Court Says Child Online Protection Act is Unconstitutional

By Norman Oder Credit card verification for “harmful to minors” material deemed overbroad Filters, says ACLU, are a better solution ALA sibling FTRF joined in amicus brief The Child Online Protection Act (COPA), which would have required web sites with “harmful to minors” material to require age verification via credit card, has been struck down […]