MASL's annual Fall Forum is an opportunity for collegial sharing and professional development designed specifically for school library staff.
Focused Morning: This year we are focusing on Advocating for Intellectual Freedom in Your School Library. We will hear from the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom about how to advocate for all learners through policy and collection development and access. In the morning, Deborah Deborah Caldwell-Stone, the Interim Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read Foundation, will join us virtually to discuss intellectual freedom laws and school libraries. In the afternoon, we will also be joined virtually by Kristin Pekoll, Assistant Director of ALA OIF, to learn about their toolkit for Selection and Reconsideration Policies.
Deborah Caldwell-Stone is the Interim Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read Foundation. She is a recovering attorney and former appellate litigator who works closely with librarians, teachers, and library trustees on a wide range of intellectual freedom issues. She has served on the faculty of the ALA-sponsored “Lawyers for Libraries” and “Law for Librarians” workshops and speaks frequently to library groups around the country on core values, intellectual freedom, privacy, and the law. She is a contributor to the 9th edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual and has contributed articles on law, policy development, and intellectual freedom to American Libraries and other publications.
Kristin Pekoll is Assistant Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF). She is dedicated to promoting the right to read and providing education about intellectual freedom and the First Amendment. She is the author of "Beyond Banned Books: Defending Intellectual Freedom throughout Your Library" published by ALA Editions in 2019. http://bit.do/pekoll. Kristin shines a light on current challenges in libraries and schools and advocates for access to information through blogs, social media and presentations. As a former public librarian, she is most passionate about supporting teachers and librarians on the front lines. You can reach her on Twitter @kpekoll or email email@example.com.
Breakout Sessions: There will be a variety of breakout sessions and time for networking throughout the day. The sessions are currently being planned. So far we have presentations with Stacey Knibloe from Gale and Portland Stage. Check back in a week or so for more details.