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For School Library Media Specialists

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  Intellectual Freedom 101 - presented at Park High School on November 18, 2010 

       Power Point Slide Presentation 

       Presentation Links - to resources discussed during the session

       Exercises  - real-life Montana school censorship scenarios 

 

Take a look at some examples of Policies Relating to Intellectual Freedom

 

Resources:

AASL Essential Links  Intellectual Freedom resources from the American Association of School Librarians

School Library Media Centers and Intellectual Freedom  toolkit from the American Library Association

Intellectual Freedom Manual 8  online supplement to the to the print edition from ALA

National Council of Teachers of English Anti-Censorship Center includes the Five Most Helpful Resources and more.

 

Reconsideration Procedures Flowchart:

 

Letters and justifications:

 


Additional Resources: 

 

News from the trenches - Managing censorship attempts in the school library: 

"If I only knew then, what I know now..."  Listen to this interview (mp3 file) with Lockwood Middle School Library Media Specialist Johanna Freivalds on her experience with a challenge to "The Guy Book" and other titles.  The interview is around 50 minutes long and takes a little while to load.  Be patient - it's worth the wait.

 

A dirty Little Secret: self-censorship  - from School Library Journal.

 

From the Field:  Librarians talk about self censorship

 

Walk the Line:  the fine line between selection & censorship - further reading.

 


Bibliography:

 

  • Boyer, Paul S. Purity in Print: Book Censorship in America from the Gilded Age to the Computer Age. University of Wisconsin Press, 2002.
  • Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Celebrating Our Freedom to Read. American Library Association, 2010.
  • Karolides, Nicholas J. Literature Suppressed on Political Grounds. Facts on File, 1998.
  • Office for Intellectual Freedom. Intellectual Freedom Manual, 8th ed. American Library Association, 2010.
  • Reichman, Henry. Censorship and Selection: Issues and Answers for Schools.  American Library Association, 1988.
  • Scales, Pat. Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your School Library: Scenarios from the Front Lines. American Library Association, 2009.
  • Simmons, John S. and Eliza T. Dresang. School Censorship in the 21st Century: A Guide for Teachers and School Library Media Specialists.  International Reading Association, 2001.
  • Sova, Dawn B. Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds. Facts on File, 1998.
  • Work, Clemens P. Darkest Before Dawn: Sedition and Free Speech in the American West. University of New Mexico Press, 2005.

 

  • Themed issues of Knowledge Quest - a publication of the AASL division of American Library Association (available on InfoTrac)

Intellectual Freedom 101  November - December 2007  vol 36  Issue 2

Intellectual Freedom Online  September - October 2010  vol 39  Issue 1


Censorship Videos

Censorship in the schools (pico) 

Teen’s take on censorship  

Overcome censorship in your school 

Looking for Alaska - I am not a pornographer  

Censorship videos 

Banned Books #1  

Banned Books #2

Banned Books #3

Banned Books #4

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