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The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) provides a forum for the discussion of activities, programs, and problems in intellectual freedom of libraries and librarians.

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Call for Proposals: Banned Books and Censorship: Current Intellectual Freedom Issues in the Library

  • 1.  Call for Proposals: Banned Books and Censorship: Current Intellectual Freedom Issues in the Library

    Posted May 22, 2023 06:58 AM

    Hi all,

    The second Library 2.023 mini-conference: "Banned Books and Censorship: Current Intellectual Freedom Issues in the Library," will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, June 8th, 2023, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Time.

    With book bans all over the news, intellectual freedom is under attack, with a specific focus on materials and programs related to or representative of marginalized communities. In this Library 2.0 mini-conference, we will examine the current trends in censorship and explore solutions for how to promote our principles in an era of increasing polarization. We will also explore the dilemmas that arise at the intersection of intellectual freedom and social justice.

    This is a free event, being held live online and also recorded.
    to attend live and/or to receive the recording links afterward.
    Please also join this Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events. 

    Everyone is invited to participate in our Library 2.0 conference events, which are designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among information professionals worldwide. Each three-hour event consists of a keynote panel, 10-15 crowd-sourced thirty-minute presentations, and a closing keynote. 

    We are encouraging conference session submissions that focus on how to support and promote intellectual freedom in a time of deepening social divides. Examples of topics that are encouraged include the following, but other related submissions are also welcome:

    • responding to materials challenges;
    • supporting library workers fighting censorship;
    • dealing with concerns about library programming
    • adapting policies and procedures for today's political climate;
    • how to promote both intellectual freedom and social justice; and
    • building relationships with free speech and social justice allies.

    Proposals for 30-minute concurrent presentations are now being accepted. The link to submit proposals is HERE.  We are still looking for more presenters, so if you have been speaking on these topics and would like to share your work with over 2,500 registrants, please submit something today!

    The keynote panelists include Andrea Jamison, Lesliediana Jones, Emily Knox, Shannon Oltmann, and Sophia Sotilleo, and I will be the moderator.  For more information about the miniconference, please visit the website.  Thanks, and looking forward to seeing your proposals!

    Martin Garnar (he/him/his)
    Director, Amherst College Library