Posts Tagged ‘ office for intellectual freedom ’

Author Shares Cautionary Tale of Censorship for Banned Books Week

September 27, 2016
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Author Gayle Pitman has seen first-hand how far censors will go to have a book pulled from their community after her own book, This Day in June, became a target in Hood County, Texas. Pitman shares her story and a cautionary tale of the effects of censorship for Banned Books Week on the American Library…

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Dapier Receives Intellectual Freedom Award for Persepolis Research

April 20, 2016
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Dapier Receives Intellectual Freedom Award for Persepolis Research

Jarrett Dapier, the library science scholar whose Freedom of Information Act Request helped to uncover the truth about Chicago Public Schools administrators’ 2013 effort to ban Persepolis from classrooms and libraries, is receiving some well-earned recognition from the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Round Table. The group announced yesterday that Dapier is the recipient of…

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ALA Objects to Proposed Flagging of Books from Banned/Challenged Lists

October 23, 2014
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ALA Objects to Proposed Flagging of Books from Banned/Challenged Lists

Amidst the can of worms opened up when the Dallas-area Highland Park Independent School District recently suspended and then reinstated seven books on approved reading lists, it is important not to overlook one particularly alarming practice. Currently the district is considering a proposal to identify “objectionable texts” using the American Library Association’s annual lists of…

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New Challenges Expected for The Giver

August 19, 2014
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New Challenges Expected for The Giver

With the recent release of the film adaptation of Lois Lowry’s 1993 young adult novel The Giver, free speech groups are bracing for a resurgence of challenges to one of the most frequently targeted books of the 1990s. Last week Slate’s Ben Blatt talked to Barbara Jones, the director of the American Library Association’s Office…

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