Brought to you by Vice Chair Courtney Dean on behalf of the Issues & Advocacy Section Steering Committee
During the 2018 ALA Annual Conference, ALA Council passed an amendment to the Library Bill of Rights that explicitly defended the right of hate groups to use library meeting room spaces. For the full text, see the information on ALA’s site.
This is something the I&A Steering Committee has been following closely. While neither SAA or I&A have made official statements on this issue, the Steering Committee felt it important to provide our membership with a roundup of information, resources, and petitions related to the recent ALA controversy. We searched for links from a variety of perspectives and found the below, listed in alphabetical order by title. Please feel free to leave links to additional readings in the comments.
Draft Resolution to Rescind Meeting Rooms: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights, Melissa Cardenas-Dow and other ALA Councilors
Libraries Can’t Afford to Welcome Hate, Alessandra Seiter
My Bought Sense, or ALA Has Done It Again, April Hathcock
Petition to Revise ALA’s Statement on Hate Speech & Hate Crime, authored by the We Here community
Rethinking “Intellectual Freedom”, Carrie Wade
We Oppose Welcoming Hate into the Library: An Open Letter to ALA, Concerned Archivists Alliance