People learn and experience life in a wide variety of ways; not just books. Librarians engage and educate their communities using displays and programs. Just as books can be censored, displays, programs and other non-book resources and services come under fire. While the profession is well-versed in protecting the right to read books, many libraries lack policies and experience in protecting the right to access information and services beyond books, often in the form of content created by their staff. During this hour, three librarians will share their experience of challenges to non-book resources.
Laura Broderick will discuss the amendment of a Black Lives Matter display in the children’s department of the Pikes Peak Library District after a larger conversation triggered by a patron complaint.
Phoebe Larson will discuss the challenge to the Saint Paul Public Library’s Drag Queen Story Hour.
Sarah Ward will discuss the internal challenge to the Hunter College Library’s Banned Books Week display.
Kristin Pekoll will discuss her experience with a challenge to an online LGBTQ reader’s advisory list for teens at the West Bend Community Memorial Library.
The session will be moderated by Kristin Pekoll, author of the book, "Beyond Banned Books: Defending Intellectual Freedom throughout Your Library" and assistant director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. ALA Editions will have copies available at the program and at the ALA Store.
Panelists will detail the tools and resources they used to survive the experience as well as those they wished had been available. Answering questions such as; “what would you do different?” “what advice would you give a new librarian to prepare for such a challenge?” and “how has this changed you as a librarian?”; these intellectual freedom fighters will expand the expertise and experience in the area of censorship—beyond books.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.