About Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2015 celebration will be held September 27-October 3. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association.
Judgment Not Included Photo AS police investigators peel away the layers of the Boston Marathon bombing, there are two aspects of this unfolding story to which I want to react: the mind-set of the alleged bombers and the role of the Internet in shaping it. Important news about both was contained in a single Washington Post article on Tuesday. “The 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has told interrogators that the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan motivated him and his brother to carry out the attack, according to U.S. officials familiar with the interviews,” The Post reported. The officials said, “Dzhokhar and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev ... do not appear to have been directed by a foreign terrorist organization.
Advocacy, Legislation & Issues The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services. I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation. II. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues.
Championing Internet Access for Students on Banned Websites Awareness Day Posted on behalf of the AASL Banned Websites Awareness Day Committee It’s happened to all of us– we’re at school trying to access the perfect website for a learning activity at school and…. it’s blocked. Now what? While banning books is commonly recognized by librarians as detrimental to the student educational experience, restricted website access isn’t on everyone’s radar. That’s where Banned Websites Awareness Day comes in. The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) designated the Wednesday of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Banned Books Week as Banned Websites Awareness Day (BWAD, pronounced bee-wad).
Join free Google Hangout July 30: Revisiting CIPA 10 Years Later The American Library Association (ALA) and Google, Inc., will host national library, education, technology, legal and policy experts for a national symposium considering the impact of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) on access to electronic information July 29 and 30. Librarians nationwide can join the virtual conversation with two Google Hangouts on July 30. The first Hangout will start at 11:00a.m.
The School Library Media Specialist: Information Access & Delivery "Intellectual freedom is the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction. It provides for free access to all expressions of ideas through which any and all sides of a question, cause or movement may be explored." Excerpted from the Intellectual Freedom and Censorship Q & A (2010). American Library Association. I don't think we should have books containing "bad words" in our library. Google, Yahoo, and all those other search engines just bring porn into the school. Tech-savvy kids breach security, cause recall in iPad project for L.A. schools Editor’s note: The Los Angeles Unified School District is not scrapping its iPad program, as an earlier version of this story stated. The Los Angeles Unified School District’s $1 billion project to put an iPad in the hand of all its students is off to a rocky start: a security program its technology experts installed has been worked around by tech-savvy students, who have been using it to access restricted content. School officials are now attempting to collect many of the iPads it distributed. There are about 30,000 of them, Hot Air reported.
Teach Kids To Be Their Own Internet Filters ” credit=”flickingerbrad/Flickr It’s becoming less and less effective to block students from websites. When Los Angeles Unified rolled out its one-to-one iPad program, administrators expected to be able to control how students used them both in school and at home. But, not surprisingly, kids are resourceful and students quickly found ways around the security, prompting the district to require students to turn over the devices. Students live in an information-saturated world. I Love Libraries Libraries are advocates for the freedom of the press and the freedom to read, inalienable rights guaranteed in the United States Constitution. Despite that, there are an astonishing number of threats to that freedom occurring in libraries today. Censorship is the suppression of ideas and information that certain persons—individuals, groups or government officials—find objectionable or dangerous.
Children's Internet Protection Act The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was enacted by Congress in 2000 to address concerns about children's access to obscene or harmful content over the Internet. CIPA imposes certain requirements on schools or libraries that receive discounts for Internet access or internal connections through the E-rate program – a program that makes certain communications services and products more affordable for eligible schools and libraries. In early 2001, the FCC issued rules implementing CIPA and provided updates to those rules in 2011. What CIPA requires Ban Censorship, Not Websites! Today is Banned Websites Awareness Day – a designated day within Banned Books Week – which is sponsored by our friends at the American Association of School Librarians and designed to raise awareness of the overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries. At the ACLU LGBT Project, this is a subject near and dear to our hearts, and today we’re releasing a new report about our work to fight back against banned websites. The report is part of the ACLU’s “Don’t Filter Me” campaign, which started over a year and a half ago to take on viewpoint-discriminatory censorship of positive LGBT web content in public schools nationwide. When we put out the call for students across the U.S. to let us know if their schools’ web filters discriminated on the basis of viewpoint in this way, we heard from students from all over.