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How to Respond to a Public Challenge
Tuesday, June 21, 2022, 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM EST
Category: MLA Connect

How to Respond to a Public Challenge          

June 21, 2022 
10:00 - 11:15 AM

MLA Connect Exploration: Keynote discussions with field leaders exploring the most pressing questions for our field today and into the future.

ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom has reported over a 60% increase in challenges to books and materials over the previous year. In November 2021, the ALA’s Deborah Caldwell Stone said, “We should always take any attempt to ban or remove books from libraries seriously, because it’s an attempt to censor ideas and to enforce an orthodoxy of what is thought about and talked about in our communities.”

These challenges are often emotionally charged and highly politicized, and therefore require thoughtful and timely responses.

  • What are some effective tips for proactively preparing for challenges to materials, displays, or programming?
  • How do you access resources and colleagues for support?
  • What strategies can be used to frame the narrative and conversation?
  • How might you build strategic alliances for support?

Members of this panel will address these topics and provide an introduction to MLA’s new MI Right to Read Coalition; learn how you can help support intellectual freedom in communities across the state.

 

Speakers

Lance Werner

Lance Werner

Executive Director, Kent District Library

 

 

 

Clare Membiela

Clare Membiela

Library Law Consultant, Library of Michigan

 

 

 

Dillon Geshel

Dillon Geshel

Superiorland Library Cooperative and MLA Intellectual Freedom Task Force Chair

 

 

 

Moderator

Dennis KrepsDennis Kreps

Director, Bridgman Public Library and MLA Intellectual Freedom Taskforce Vice Chair

 

 

 

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