Intellectual Freedom and Social Justice
There is room in librarianship for more than one value. Sometimes, however, there is tension between our 80-year embrace of intellectual freedom and the newer focus on broader social justice for traditionally marginalized populations. We need to talk about it. Join Jamie LaRue, former Director of Intellectual Freedom at ALA, as he delves into this timely and sensitive topic.
From this webinar, you will learn:
• the history of the profession's adoption of Intellectual freedom as a core value
• the key themes of challenges in the 21st century to date, and
• key strategies to respond to challenges, both before they occur, and afterward
Jamie LaRue is the CEO of LaRue and Associates. Author of "The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges," Jamie was a public library director for many years, as well as a weekly newspaper columnist and cable TV host. From January of 2016 to November of 2018, he was director of the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom, and the Freedom to Read Foundation. He has written, spoken, and consulted extensively on intellectual freedom issues, leadership and organizational development, community engagement, and the future of libraries.