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What Do I Do If? Intellectual Freedom Dilemmas in School Libraries  

This resource guide was created to accompany a November 15, 2013 session at the American Association of School Librarians annual conference in Hartford, CT.
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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.


Session Outline

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

Stop Tracking of Your Online Activity with Ghostery

During our session, Debbie Abilock demonstrated Ghostery, a free browser add-on or iOS app that shows you who is tracking your online activity.  Ghostery also gives you the option to block the companies tracking you.  For more information or to download Ghostery, see their web site.  


AASL 2013 Conference Twitter Feed




PowerPoint Presentation for this Session


"To Enlighten Me They Bought Books"

Click on the photo to visit the Facebook page of Persepolis author Marjane Satrapi.  For more info on the #FreePersepolis hashtag and meme visit the web page of comic artist Chip Kidd.  For information on the Persepolis book challenge, click here.


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