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Thursday, October 3 • 3:05pm - 3:55pm
Panel: Topics in Intellectual Freedom

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NLA and ILA team up to cover Intellectual Freedom hot topics in a panel discussion format. The necessity of meeting room policies for libraries, particularly in light of the recent controversy surrounding the ALA’s Library Bill of Rights Meeting Room Interpretation will be discussed. Considerations for library use versus public use and co-sponsorship of events will be covered as well.

Communicating with non-librarians and patrons about Intellectual Freedom topics can be fraught. Scripts for library staff can be useful in conversing in different situations, such as with children, parents, or at the time of a complaint. One librarian will share scripts used in their library, and recommendations for writing and implementing scripts.

The move toward self-service in libraries can create additional challenges when it comes to maintaining patron privacy. Considerations for moving to a self-service model include weighing patron privacy and ease of use.

In context of our significantly divided and often contentious society, how do library staff manage patron responsibility to use the library in a manner which respects the rights of others to use library space and materials, permits staff to conduct library business, and maintain a secure and comfortable environment?

NLA's Intellectual Freedom Manual was created by members of the IF round table primarily to inform and educate Nebraska librarians about intellectual freedom issues. It was envisioned as a brief and handy reference for Nebraska librarians and as a necessary update to a 2004 manual. It has also served as the focus of five presentations to a variety of audiences in the state.

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Todd Schlecte

Assistant Director, Southeast Library System
Todd is the Assistant Director of the Southeast Library System in Nebraska. He has been part of the round table for Intellectual Freedom of the Nebraska Library Association and participated in revising the Nebraska Intellectual Freedom Manual.
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Annah Hackett

Information Literacy Librarian, University of Texas at Austin
Annah Hackett received her MLIS from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015. After a year-long residency at the University of Idaho, she worked as the Campus Engagement and Instruction Librarian at Grand View University in Des Moines from 2016 to spring 2019. She is currently the... Read More →
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Vicki Wood

Youth Services Supervisor, Lincoln City Libraries
Vicki has been a youth librarian for 30 years, and serves as the Youth Services Supervisor for Lincoln City Libraries in Lincoln, Nebraska. She is the current chair of the Nebraska Library Association Intellectual Freedom Roundtable.
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Sam Helmick

Public Services Librarian, Burlington Public Library
Sam Helmick is the Public Services Librarian for Burlington Public Library. She currently serves as the ALA Councilor of ILA, the ILA Public Library Forum and ALA Intellectual Freedom Roundtable Membership chair, on the Iowa Governor's Commission of Libraries, and as a member of the... Read More →
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Amanda Vazquez

Assistant Director, Dubuque County Library District
Amanda is Assistant Director at Dubuque County Library District, former Director of the Orange City Public Library, and member of the Iowa Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee. She is a current student of the San José State University iSchool.

Thursday October 3, 2019 3:05pm - 3:55pm CDT
Dapper I 12520 Westport Parkway, La Vista, NE 68128