Wednesday June 14 at 2:00 pm US Eastern, 11:00 am US Pacific

Book challenges and bans have been on the rise across the nation since 2020, especially in public and school libraries. Many librarians have faced these challenges with courage and commitment to the principles of intellectual freedom and access to information, while others have yet to deal with this issue.

In this presentation, Shannon Oltmann will refresh our understanding of intellectual freedom, explore the rise in book challenges, consider how to respond to challenges, and draw on the experiences and perspectives of other library professionals. 

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About Shannon

Shannon M. Oltmann is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Science at the University of Kentucky. She obtained her Ph.D. from Indiana University. Her research interests include information ethics, censorship, intellectual freedom, public libraries, privacy, and qualitative research methods. Oltmann is the past editor of the Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy and Associate Editor of Library Quarterly. She recently published a book, Practicing Intellectual Freedom in Libraries, and her most recent book, The Fight Against Book Bans: Perspectives from the Field, will be released in 2023.

Oltmann’s work has been funded by the American Library Association and the Institute of Museum & Library Studies. She has presented her research at numerous academic conferences and published widely.  

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