What Do I Do If? Intellectual Freedom Dilemmas in School Libraries
AASL Conference Session
Friday, November 15, 2013 10:15-11:30, Room 15
The principles of intellectual freedom may be crystal clear, but often the situations school librarians face in applying them are not. In a round-robin format, participants will discuss real life, gray-area dilemmas involving self-censorship, viewpoint discrimination in Internet filtering, e-books and users' rights, and navigating challenges to resources containing controversial ideas. Attendees will learn how to create personal learning networks to help them protect students' First Amendment and privacy rights in school libraries. Debbie Abilock will end the session with ideas for embedding intellectual freedom into the school, its instruction and curriculum.
1. Session overview, introduction of presenters, Twitter hashtag, Introduction of the session LibGuide (10 minutes Helen Adams)
2. At four tables, 4our round-robin repeated discussions of 10 minutes each (40 minutes) Attendees will move from table to table at the end of 10 minutes.
- Viewpoint discrimination in Internet filtering (Karyn Storts-Brinks)
- E-books and users’ rights (Helen Adams)
- Self-censorship (Christine Eldred)
- Challenges to resources containing controversial ideas (Dee Venuto)
3. Creating personal intellectual freedom learning networks (10 minutes Annalisa Keuler)
4. Embedding Intellectual freedom in schools (15 minutes Debbie Abilock)
- Instruction & curriculum
- Final resource