Sunday, December 14, 2008

ABFFE President Finan Elected Media Coalition Chair

Some of you may have heard Chris Finan speak at the ULA/MPLA Conference this spring. This news is from Shelf Awareness
an online newsletter.

Congratulations to Chris Finan, president of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression and outgoing chair of the National Coalition Against Censorship, who has been elected 2009 chair of the Media Coalition, which is dedicated to "defending the First Amendment rights of publishers, booksellers and librarians, recording, motion picture and video games producers, and recording, video and video game retailers in the United States."
Earlier in his career, Finan worked at the Media Coalition as a staff member. He's also the author of From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act: A History of the Fight for Free Speech in America and Alfred E. Smith: The Happy Warrior.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Banned Books Week 2.0

A very interesting article from Library Link of the Day

Monday, August 11, 2008

One Way to Deal with a Challenge

Love those guys at Unshelved---reminding us to keep our senses of humor in library land.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Banned Books Week Ideas

Banned Books Week, 27 September - 4 October this year, is sponsored by the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE), the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), and the National Association of College Stores, in addition to being endorsed by the Center for the Book of the Library of Congress. This year, these organizations have collaborated on a website and invite you to submit your events. (Thanks to Linda Tillson, Park City Library Director, for information on this website)
  • ALA has a nice kit available for $50 ($45 for members).
  • You can buy "Freadom" buttons in packages of 100 for $35 for your patrons at the ABBFE store.
  • The Long Island Coalition Against Censorship has an interesting exhibit of posters on the history of banned books and censorship for $40.
Please email me or post a comment to share your ideas and suggestions.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A Little History

"As good almost kill a man as kill a good book: who kills a man kills a reasonable creature...but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself...."

I slogged through Paradise Lost in high school, not fully appreciating that John Milton was a highly complex man living in tumultuous times. There was an excellent article in the New Yorker recently about his life and work, this being the 400th anniversary of his birth. As you know, free speech has a long history in western democratic culture, and the Founding Fathers, as proper gentlemen of the day, were solidly grounded in classical studies. Milton's Areopagitica is a cornerstone document in the development of the first amendment. Interestingly, although he titled it a speech, it was actually a widely distributed pamphlet, and never delivered orally before Parliament. Not light reading, by any means, but worth the time, the document was in part inspired by Milton's visit to the aging Galileo as well as by the ongoing upheavals in England between Catholicism and Protestantism.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Good Article on Patron Behavior Policies

This article comes from the North Suburban Library System, north of Chicago, and has some good guidance for writing policies regarding patron behavior issues.

Diminutive Librarian Stands Tall

Thanks to Susan Hamada for this story from Library Link of the Day

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Douglas County, Colorado librarian responds to a challenge

Thanks to Jim Cooper and Suzanne Tronier for this article.


There is a bewildering amount of information concerning First Amendment issues and libraries, much of it in the murky realms of the law. The purpose of this site is to digest some of that information in a brief, accessible format. Some topics will be:
Patron Behavior
Speech in the workplace
Privacy issues
Challenges to library materials

Please email Merry White, IF Committee Chair, if you have a question or comment about this site, information on intellectual freedom of interest to Utah library employees, or if you would like to participate on the committee.