I'm Interested in Intellectual Freedom and Ethics

Our commitments to intellectual freedom and ethics guide us through changes in politics, technology, and society. Join these sessions to hear how library professionals demonstrate our values in times of change. 

Interested in other topics? Check out the conference scheduler and use the drop down "Subject" search field or visit the interests pages to see other topics. 


Sticky Selection Scenarios: Using Policy to Answer Your Collection & Reconsideration Questions
Saturday 10:30AM - 11:30AM
All libraries — academic, public, and school (private, charter, independent, international) — should have comprehensive written policies that guide the selection, weeding, and reconsideration of library resources: print, digital and everything in between. The most valuable selection policy is current and is reviewed and revised on a regular basis. 

Telling Stories, Expanding Boundaries: Drag Queen Storytimes in Libraries
Saturday 1:00PM - 2:00PM
This session will explore the public library as a site for the intersection of gender expression/identity and intellectual freedom, by discussing the phenomenon of Drag Queen Storytime (DGS). The session will consist of a panel featuring both originators of the DGS concept and librarians whose institutions have been involved in DGS. The DGS program has been immensely popular with many audiences at libraries across the country, but it has also produced its share of resistance and controversy.

When You Can't Go Home Again: Refugee and Exile Authors in the U.S.
Saturday 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Facing censorship, threats and uncertainty, refugee and exile authors travel to the U.S., where they confront a new set of obstacles. “When You Can’t Go Home Again” will explore the challenges authors experience in countries around the world, and issues that they encounter after moving to the States.

Social Unrest, Democracy and Librarianship in the 21st Century
Saturday 4:00PM - 5:30PM
With the ever-growing number of cases of police brutality, voter suppression, hateful incidents, and other social injustices, librarians have tapped into their expertise by creating guides/syllabi centered around these events. Significantly, there has been a rise in the creation and promotion of the “anti-oppression,” “social justice,” and "voter suppression" libguides that in general, aim to provide a starting point to learn about key social issues and provide resources to communities. Moreover, these “social justice” libguides send a clear message about the current political climate and its impact on the communities they serve. Is this how librarians protest? Are we doing enough? How are these libguides impacting intended audiences? 

Freedom to Read Foundation 50th Anniversary Celebration [$ - Ticketed Event]
Saturday 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Freedom to Read Foundation! Hear banned authors speak about their experiences over appetizers and a cash bar. 


Controversial Speaker Planned for Your Library Event? Things to Consider
Monday 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Have a program planned or a speaker coming to your library that you feel might end up being a bit more contentious than you originally thought? Expecting your program to be controversial for some of the members of your community? Controversial speakers and programs can be a challenging part of library life. 

Censorship Beyond Books
Monday 2:30PM - 3:30PM
People learn and experience life in a wide variety of ways; not just books. Librarians engage and educate their communities using displays and programs. Just as books can be censored, displays, programs and other non-book resources and services come under fire. While the profession is well-versed in protecting the right to read books, many libraries lack policies and experience in protecting the right to access information and services beyond books, often in the form of content created by their staff. During this hour, three librarians will share their experience of challenges to non-book resources. 

Minds Unlocked: Supporting Intellectual Freedom Behind Bars
Monday 2:30PM - 3:30PM
Come fill your toolkit with strategies to support intellectual freedom for those you serve with jail or prison outreach. Learn about the realities of correctional censorship, how to develop a policy to answer the toughest challenges, and how you can be a powerful and articulate advocate for your community.