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Book Challenges: Intellectual Freedom and Social Justice

Thursday, April 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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In the last few years, libraries have become a front in the hyperpartisan culture war. Book challenges have increased by an order of magnitude, drag queen storytimes result in angry protests, and “free speech auditors” harass library workers, demanding to see copies of the latest reactionary and deceptive bestseller. As librarians, we value intellectual freedom, the freedom to read without fear of censorship or reprisal; we also value social responsibility, equity, diversity, and inclusion. We want our libraries to be welcoming to marginalized people, lifting up their voices and stories. We know that in order to do justice to these communities, we must not tolerate intolerance. But in our current political climate, these values are in conflict. What is to be done? How do we promote intellectual freedom while also standing up for social justice? How do we communicate our values to our communities? Does “neutrality” mean we can’t take a position on these things? Alison Macrina, Founder and Director of Library Freedom Project, will discuss these issues and how library workers can apply a social justice lens to intellectual freedom in our collections and services.

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Thursday, April 21
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Book Challenges: Intellectual Freedom and Social Justice