Annual Conference Session
In 2018 a controversy over the challenge of hate speech erupted within ALA. Positions adopted by the Office of Intellectual Freedom and Council emphasized that libraries must respect First Amendment protections even of hate speech. Critics argued that the presence of hate speech and hate groups in libraries injures users from vulnerable communities and undermines the equity, diversity, and inclusion that are central to intellectual freedom. In response to objections, Council subsequently rescinded its policy revision and adopted a new one. This discussion group will present differing views on how to address hate speech and will invite participation in this important debate.
Opening speakers will include
Sofia Leung, Teaching & Learning Program Manager at MIT Libraries, Liaison Librarian to the department of Comparative Media Studies at MIT, and member of the We Here network for librarians of color; and
Tom Twiss, Librarian Emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh, co-coordinator of the Social Responsibilities Round Table’s International Responsibilities Task Force, and member of SRRT’s Action Council.
ALA Unit/Subunit: SRRT
Meeting Type: Discussion Group
Cost: Included with full conference registration.