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UNGASS: This is your brain on Bureaucracy

From 19-21 April, the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) concerning global drug policy reform convened in Vienna. The summit, held once every decade, has important ramifications for guiding drug legislation worldwide. 536 more words

Politics

No More Weeding Angst

I recently read Weeding the Worst Library Books in the April 26th edition of the New Yorker. Daniel Gross makes a particularly salient point when he writes that libraries “symbolize our collective access to information”. 288 more words

Public Library

Re-post: Dav Pilkey's Short Video on Intellectual Freedom

During a recent class lecture/discussion on censorship issues related to comics, I was reminded of a video from Dav Pilkey, creator of the Captain Underpants… 59 more words

Intellectual Freedom Letter

Here is a copy of the Intellectual Freedom letter I wrote as part of our challenged materials and censorship assignment.

Classwork

Fighting Censorship Requires More Than Policy and Procedures

Critchfield and Powell’s account (2012) of a censorship ‘battle’ at the Jessamine County Public Library (JCPL) is a wake-up call for any librarian or library school student who assumes that policies and procedures provide all the support needed when faced with censorship attempts.  361 more words

Weeding vs. Censorship: A Personal Experience

On Wednesday April 27th, 2016, I went to a brown bag event sponsored by my program’s American Library Association group. The brown bag was with the Director of the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom, James LaRue. 826 more words

Big Picture

Climate Hustle: Moi on the Big Screen

I’m on screen for a few seconds in a documentary film that will be shown in movie theatres across the US on May 2nd.

Tomorrow, May 2nd, a documentary film titled… 266 more words

Free Speech