Defending Intellectual Freedom

LGBTQ+ Materials in School Libraries

Stemming from an Affiliate Assembly concern, the 2018 ALA Emerging Leaders team was charged with creating a guide for AASL to support school librarians in addressing challenges related to censorship and patron privacy issues, particularly with LGBTQ+ materials. Defending Intellectual Freedom: LGBTQ+ Materials in School Libraries is more than a collection of resources. This work uses the AASL Standards framework as scaffolding to help users explore LGBTQ+ materials and needs in their own communities.

Use the accompanying infographic and applied framework in the guide to navigate the document more quickly depending on your specific question or need. Activities in each section make this a valuable tool for professional development. This guide is a great example to any practitioner about how they can use the AASL Standards as a lens to address ANY school library issue!

Using AASL’s new LGBTQ+ Resource Guide for Professional Development

Read this Knowledge Quest blog post from Rachel Altobelli, member guide to the 2018 Emerging Leaders team, about how she is using this resource guide to lead professional development in her district.

Webinar Coming October 10

Explore this toolkit with the Emerging Leaders who developed it and discover ways to use the guide.


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