21 October 2011

Registration now open for November “Intellectual Freedom across the Globe” webinar series

CHICAGO - Registration is now open for Intellectual Freedom across the Globe,” a series of three webinars on international issues related to free speech, censorship and access to information in libraries and beyond.  The webinars will be held during November 2011 and feature speakers from several countries.  The series is co-sponsored by ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and FAIFE.

To register, or for more information, please visit the ALA webinar series program.

Attendees can register for individual webinars or, for a discounted rate, the entire series.  These webinars will be recorded and made available at a later date for purchase.  “Intellectual Freedom across the Globe” will cover the following topics:

Wednesday, Nov. 9: “Comics, Graphic Novels, Manga, and Libraries
Time: 9:00 a.m. Central Standard Time [1500 GMT]
Speakers: Charles Brownstein, Executive Director, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, New York, NY, USA; Yasuyo Inouye (FAIFE Committee member), Professor, Dokkyo University, Japan; and Angela Maycock, Assistant Director, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, Chicago, IL, USA.

Tuesday, Nov. 15: “Religion, Free Expression, and Libraries
Time: 10:00 a.m. Central Standard Time [1600 GMT]
Speakers: Paul Sturges O.B.E. (former FAIFE Chair), Professor Emeritus, Loughborough University and Professor Extraordinary, University of Pretoria, United Kingdom; Almuth Gastinger, Senior Research Librarian, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway; and Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Deputy Director, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, Chicago, IL, USA.

Tuesday, Nov. 22: “Access to Health Information and Education in the Developing World
Time: 10:00 a.m. Central Standard Time [1600 GMT]
Speakers: Alejandra Martinez del Prado (FAIFE Committee member), Reference Librarian, School of Medicine Library of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico; and Barbara Jones, Director, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, Chicago, IL, USA.

The cost to participate in these live webinars is as follows:
LIVE WEBINAR:
General attendees: 35 USD
ALA members and other members of IFLA institutions: 30 USD
Price for series of three: General: 70 USD
ALA members and other members of IFLA institutions: 60 USD

Note: There will be a small number of free spaces for participants who otherwise could not afford to participate.  To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Jonathan Kelley at jokelley@ala.org.


ARCHIVED RECORDING (available one month after live event):
General attendees: 20 USD
ALA members and other members of IFLA institutions: 15 USD
Price for series of three: General: 40 USD
ALA members and other members of IFLA institutions: 30 USD

Attendees will need to have a stable internet connection and working speakers.

Questions? Please contact Jonathan Kelley at jokelley@ala.org.


Established Dec. 1, 1967, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom is charged with implementing ALA policies concerning the concept of intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights, the Association’s basic policy on free access to libraries and library materials.

FAIFE is an initiative within IFLA to defend and promote the basic human rights defined in Article 19 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The FAIFE Committee and Office furthers free access to information and freedom of expression in all aspects, directly or indirectly, related to libraries and librarianship. FAIFE monitors the state of intellectual freedom within the library community worldwide, supports IFLA policy development and cooperation with other international human rights organizations and responds to violations of free access to information and freedom of expression.

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FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Electronic collections, Access to information

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