9780838947265-0838947263-Intellectual Freedom Stories from a Shifting Landscape

Intellectual Freedom Stories from a Shifting Landscape

ISBN-13: 9780838947265
ISBN-10: 0838947263
Edition: 1
Publication date: 2020
Publisher: ALA Editions
Format: Paperback 208 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780838947265
ISBN-10: 0838947263
Edition: 1
Publication date: 2020
Publisher: ALA Editions
Format: Paperback 208 pages

Summary

Acknowledged author wrote Intellectual Freedom Stories from a Shifting Landscape comprising 208 pages back in 2020. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0838947263 and 9780838947265. Since then Intellectual Freedom Stories from a Shifting Landscape textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Intellectual freedom is a complex concept that democracies and free societies around the world define in different ways but always strive to uphold. And ALA has long recognized the crucial role that libraries play in protecting this right. But what does it mean in practice? How do library workers handle the ethical conundrums that often accompany the commitment to defending it? Rather than merely laying out abstract policies and best practices, this important new collection gathers real-world stories of intellectual freedom in action to illuminate the difficulties, triumphs, and occasional setbacks of advocating for free and equal access to information for all people in a shifting landscape. Offering insight to LIS students and current practitioners on how we can advance the profession of librarianship while fighting censorship and other challenges, these personal narratives explore such formidable situations as

  • presenting drag queen story times in rural America;
  • a Black Lives Matter "die-in" at the undergraduate library of the University of Wisconsin-Madison;
  • combating censorship at a prison library;
  • hosting a moderated talk about threats to modern democracy that included a neo-Nazi spokesman;
  • a provocative exhibition that triggered intimidating phone calls, emails, and a threat to burn down an art library;
  • calls to eliminate non-Indigenous children's literature from the collection of a tribal college library; and
  • preserving patrons’ right to privacy in the face of an FBI subpoena.

These stories provide a rich platform for debate and introspection by sharing real-world examples that library staff, administrators, board members, and students can consider and discuss.

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