[Libs-Or] Fwd: [ifrt-members] OIF designates Jan. 27, 2013 as 'Sweater Vest Sunday' to support intellectual freedom

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 10 14:47:51 PST 2013

This sounds like fun.  Of course, I don't own a sweater vest because I have
always been out of step with the cool kids. ;-)

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From: Jonathan Kelley <jokelley at ala.org>
Date: Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 2:12 PM
Subject: [ifrt-members] OIF designates Jan. 27, 2013 as 'Sweater Vest
Sunday' to support intellectual freedom
To: ifaction at ala.org, stateifc at ala.org, publib at webjunction.org,
ifrt-b at ala.org, ftrf-l at ala.org, ifrt-members at ala.org, ala-ifc at ala.org

>From the OIF Blog: http://www.oif.ala.org/oif/?p=4514****

*OIF designates Jan. 27, 2013 as 'Sweater Vest Sunday' to support
intellectual freedom *

*ALA** Midwinter viral campaign encourages reporting of challenges to
library materials*

ALA Midwinter 2013 <http://alamw13.ala.org/> attendees - and all fans of
intellectual freedom - can take a stand for the freedom to read (and for
fashion!) by participating in *Sweater Vest Sunday*! All day on Sunday,
January 27, 2013, help spread the word about the importance of reporting
challenges to library materials by wearing a sweater vest to your meetings,
lunches, programs, and special events. On site in Seattle, ALA Office for
Intellectual Freedom <http://www.ala.org/oif> (OIF) staff and volunteers
will be passing out stickers and postcards to Midwinter attendees. And at
2:45 p.m. at the ALA Member Pavilion (booth 1650) on the exhibit floor,
everyone is invited to a group photo of librarians showing off their
sweater vests!****

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Those unable to attend Midwinter are encouraged to participate virtually by
tweeting photos of themselves in sweater vests
to at oif<http://www.twitter.com/oif> using
the*#sweatervestsunday* and *#alamw13* hashtags, adding photos to the ALA
Midwinter 2013 Flickr
pinning a Challenge Reporting Campaign
Pinterest, and "attending" the Sweater Vest Sunday Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/events/144174662404752/?ref=3. ****

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*Sweater vests and the challenge reporting campaign*

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In 2011, the Office for Intellectual Freedom unveiled the "It's Everybody's
Job" Challenge Reporting
encourage the reporting of challenges to materials in libraries and
schools. Conceived by librarian Andy
the campaign commissioned original artwork (inspired by World War II-era
public safety notices) that can be shared online and printed as posters and
bookmarks. The posters and bookmarks feature a librarian rocking ...
a sweater vest!****

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Last year, with help from the University of Illinois, OIF debuted a new
database, with significantly improved functionality for both those
reporting challenges and the office's ability to analyze the information it
gets. This, in turn, will provide a significant boost in the ability to
understand what is being challenged, where, by whom, and why; and thereby
help OIF in its efforts to support librarians, teachers, and community
members in defending the freedom to access information. It's also how OIF
compiles its annual "Top Ten
banned and challenged books.****

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OIF Director Barbara Jones said, "OIF's statistics are only as good as the
data it gets. And recent surveys by the University of
Missouri<http://www.columbiamissourian.com/p/book-challenges/> and
theACLU of Texas <http://www.aclutx.org/resources/banned-books/> have
confirmed that OIF is informed of less than 25% of the materials challenges
in libraries and schools each year. Sweater Vest Sunday is our way to
remind everyone to let us know about challenges happening in your
community, so that we can be in a position to help."****

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Challenges reported to OIF are *CONFIDENTIAL*, and only used for
statistical purposes. When OIF publishes details about specific challenges
- such as in its Banned Book Resource Guide
it only includes those that have been reported in the media. OIF has
produced this handy
help explain the process.****

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For more information, please visit www.ala.org/challengereporting.****

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*Burning questions:*

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*What about regular sweaters?*  Regular sweaters are okay in a pinch. The
important thing, after all, is to spread the word about reporting
challenges. Midwinter attendees who choose to wear a regular sweater can
pick up an "It's Everybody's Job" sticker at the ALA Pavilion on the
exhibit floor.****

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*What about bow ties?*  Bow ties are optional. As are eyeglasses.****


*Is there a great, informative, and interactive intellectual
freedom-related Midwinter event I should attend that day?*  Why yes! There
will be an Intellectual Freedom Discussion Group
session<http://alamw13.ala.org/node/8650> on
Sunday, Jan. 27 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in room 616 of the Washington State
Convention Center. In addition to discussion challenges to materials, we'll
have tables on privacy, internet filtering, and media violence.****

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After that, at 2:45 p.m., there will be a group photo of all Sweater Vest
Sunday participants at the ALA Member Pavilion on the exhibit floor.****

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[image: BBW_A4_LoRes.jpg] <http://www.ala.org/challengereporting>****

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Jonathan Kelley****

Program Coordinator****

Office for Intellectual Freedom <http://www.ala.org/oif>****

American Library Association****

50 E. Huron St.****

Chicago, IL  60611****

(312) 280-4226****

(800) 545-2433 x4226 (toll-free)****

(312) 280-4227 (fax)****

jokelley at ala.org****

Read the OIF Blog <http://blogs.ala.org/oif.php>****

Follow OIF on Twitter <http://www.twitter.com/oif>****

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*Diedre Conkling**
Lincoln County Library District
P.O. Box 2027
Newport, OR 97365
Phone & Fax: 541-265-3066
Work email**: **diedre at lincolncolibrarydist.org*<diedre at lincolncolibrarydist.org>
Home email: **diedre08 at gmail.com* <diedre08 at gmail.com>

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