Posts Tagged ‘ James LaRue ’

The Chilling Adventures of Self-Censorship

November 6, 2018
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The Chilling Adventures of Self-Censorship

**Spoilers ahead for Season One, Episode Three of the Netflix show The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina that don’t affect the overall watching experience, but give away details from a single episode sub-plot** The hit new show The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is based on the wildly popular comic by the same name by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa…

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Victory in Utah for EBSCO!

October 19, 2018
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Victory in Utah for EBSCO!

  News just broke on Twitter that The Utah Education Network has voted to restore access to EBSCO for K-12 students of the state. According to a local news report at the beginning of October, the EBSCO shut down stemmed from one woman who found (in her words) “lots of yucky images” and reported them…

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Fringe Group Sues EBSCO and Colorado Library Consortium Alleging Both are Pornography Pushers

October 16, 2018
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Fringe Group Sues EBSCO and Colorado Library Consortium Alleging Both are Pornography Pushers

On October 10th, a lawsuit was filed against EBSCO Industries Inc., a media aggregator database service, and Colorado Library Consortium, a non-profit benefitting Colorado libraries through the sharing of services and by offering continuing education for library staff. The lawsuit has been brought by The Thomas More Society on behalf of two Colorado parents who…

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Help Bring New Insight into Censorship and Information Control During Information Revolutions

October 1, 2018
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Help Bring New Insight into Censorship and Information Control During Information Revolutions

Help bring the educational program Censorship and Information Control During Information Revolutions to life by donating to their Kickstarter. Cory Doctorow (In Real Life, Walkaway, Information Doesn’t Want to be Free), along with historian and novelist Ada Palmer, and author, professor, Adrian Johns have joined together to bring forth a series recorded dialogues, a museum…

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LGBTQ Buttons Pulled From Library

August 17, 2018
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LGBTQ Buttons Pulled From Library

Last year Washington County libraries were asked to take down LGBTQIA displays for Pride Month, replacing them this year with exhibits featuring the more generic “Diversity” theme. But when the librarians felt like they should do more to represent Pride, and made buttons reading “Ask me about LGBTQ reads” they were once again met with…

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Moms Start Book Club For Controversial Assignments

February 6, 2018
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Moms Start Book Club For Controversial Assignments

Some parents in Springfield, Missouri decided the best way to handle recent controversial school reading assignments was by arming themselves with first-hand information. Megan Cook and Marissa Griffin decided to create a Facebook book club for Springfield parents that tackles the controversial titles schools assign students. They named the group “The Books We Hate” as…

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ALA Director Condemns Recent Rash of Attacks on Thirteen Reasons Why

May 19, 2017
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ALA Director Condemns Recent Rash of Attacks on Thirteen Reasons Why

Due to the success of the Netflix adaptation of Jay Asher’s young adult novel Thirteen Reasons Why, the novel has faced increased scrutiny nationwide. American Library Association director James LaRue recently addressed the attempts to censor the popular novel. In the past few weeks, Thirteen Reasons Why has been banned from an elementary school in Florida and an entire school district in Colorado, despite…

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Librarians Brainstorm Solutions to Build and Defend Graphic Novel Collections

May 16, 2017
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Librarians Brainstorm Solutions to Build and Defend Graphic Novel Collections

Now more than ever before, comics are an indispensable component of many public libraries’ collections. A decade or two ago they might have been treated as ephemera, but today they are often curated with the same level of care as other formats. As a recent article from Publishers Weekly showed, this boom is mutually beneficial…

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Podcast: Censorship Can Happen to Anyone

October 13, 2016
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In the latest edition of the American Libraries Dewey Decibel Podcast, Phil Morehart led ALA director James LaRue, school librarian Sara Stevenson, and acclaimed author Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) in a discussion of the tough topic of censorship in American schools and libraries. None of those interviewed is a stranger to book challenges. As the director of the American Library…

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