Tag Archives: Intellectual Freedom

Material and Program Challenges in the Public Library – 1 LEU

books on book shelvesIn this panel, four librarians will share their experience with a variety of challenges. Book, display, and program challenges, as well as experience with book banning groups will be discussed. Cheri Harris, from the Indiana State Library, will also go over a summary of key legal points to remember when dealing with challenges.

Date Recorded: 3/31/22

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters:  Cheri Harris / Indiana State Library; Vanessa Martin / Greensburg-Decatur County Contractual Public Library; Heather McNabb / Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library; Brad Sowinski / Alexandria Monroe Public Library; Juli Wald / Middlebury Public Library

 

What Can EveryLibrary Do for You? – 1 LEU

Are you stressed about the attacks on librarians and library values happening across the country? Would you like to be better prepared and more confident in fighting back against challenges, AND proactively positioning your library for future success? Then this webinar is for you. Tune it to learn more about Pro bono services and support offered by EveryLibrary to libraries, boards, coalition partners, and local citizens who are advocating for libraries. How EveryLibrary is offering “rapid response” support in crisis situations, while also building sustainable local and national political power by identifying library supporters across the country. How to innoculate yourselves, your boards, and your policies against challenges and anti-access legislation at local and state levels. How to build effective messaging and strategies for defending the library from challenges, and engaging the community about the value of the libraries.

Date Recorded: 5/12/22

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Peter Bromberg, Associate Director, EveryLibrary

Resources:  Google Slides

Slides: PDF

Playbook (supplemental handout)

 

First Amendment Audit – 1 LEU

The ALA observed an increase in First Amendment audits this year. What are they and why are they on the rise? Join this webinar to learn more. We will analyze legal issues implicated by First Amendment Audits, including constitutional free speech and privacy issues, relevant state laws, and library policies to consider. Prepare the library for a calm interaction with our tips on how best to approach these sometimes-contentious events.

Date Recorded: 12/16/21

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Cheri Harris, Certification Program Director/Legal Consultant, Indiana State Library

Resources: Tips for preparing for a 1st Amendment Audit

2021 1A Audit Handout

Legal Memo – First Amendment Audits

 

 

Civic Literacy and Civic Lab – 1 LEU


image of logo of civic lab
In late summer of 2016, Skokie (IL) Public Library created a Civic Lab–a mobile, pop-up initiative to increase civic discussion and civic literacy among library patrons of all ages. Hear from Christine Goertz and Amy Koester, two members of the Civic Lab team, to learn about the background of the Civic Lab, how many departments come together to support civic literacy, and the three types of pop-up events that make up the majority of Civic Lab appearances. They’ll also discuss the lessons learned from a year and a half of civic literacy programming. Participants will leave the webinar with ideas for implementing civic literacy initiatives in their own libraries.

Date Recorded: 2/22/18

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters: Christine Goertz and Amy Koester / Skokie Public Library


Ethics 101 – 1 LEU


image of right verses wrong sign
New to the profession? Or want a refresher on library responsibilities regarding censorship and intellectual property? In this webinar, we will look at different ways that librarians consider ALA best practices when making collection decisions. We will also look at resources for determining fair use and intellectual property considerations in your school or library program.

Date Recorded: 2/6/18

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters:   Chad Heck / Pike High School and Darcy Davidson Armstrong / Eckhart Public Library


Libraries and Civil Discourse – 1 LEU

 

speech bubbleOur society is full of turmoil, confusion, and protests. Libraries and library professionals have been in the front line to offer libraries as a free, safe place where the public can debate, learn, and have conversations in their communities that include race and gender inequality, politics, social injustices, and many other topics. Whether you are pro or con, neutral or passionate; libraries offer refuge, support, and most importantly, information. In this webinar, you will hear examples of how a few libraries have tackled some of the nation’s toughest issues and how you can promote conversation and civil discourse in your community.

Date Recorded: 2/28/2017

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters: Nichelle Hayes / Indianapolis Public Library and Christine Kujawa / Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library


Banned Books with Vonnegut & Bradbury – 1 LEU

 

image of banned booksJoin us as Chris Lafave of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library and Professor Johnathan Eller of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies explain how their organizations celebrate the lives and works of two often-banned authors. They’ll share their experiences and best practices when it comes to banned books, information about their outreach services, and details on how Vonnegut Library and Bradbury Center are celebrating Banned Books Week.

Date Recorded: 9/26/2016

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters: Chris Lafave / Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library and Professor Johnathan Eller / Center for Ray Bradbury Studies