Upcoming Webinar: Avoiding Self-Censorship: How to Be a Brave Librarian

Mona Kerby, PhD, is a professor at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD, where she coordinates the School Librarianship program. She earned her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Spanish at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, two masters' degrees, and her PhD in Library Science from Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas. She served as the librarian at Little Elementary School in Arlington, Texas. Her most recently published book, An Introduction to Collection Development for School Librarians, 2nd ed., is published by ALA/AASL. She holds McDaniel's Bowlsbey Endowed Chair and has received awards such as the Texas Library Association's Siddie Joe Johnson Award for Outstanding Library Service to Children in the State of Texas, McDaniel's Outstanding Teacher Award, and AASL's Distinguished Service Award. In addition to writing for school librarians, she also writes for children. See monakerby.com.

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Wednesday, March 15 @ 4:00 PM Eastern

When we talk about censorship, we often focus on defending against book challenges, but our own day-to-day actions can have just as significant an impact on limiting students’ intellectual freedom.

You pull a book off the shelf and stick it in your desk drawer, you don’t purchase “controversial” titles, you put restrictions on what books can be checked out, you use a black marker to line through “bad” words or pictures–if any of these sound familiar, it’s time for a self-censorship intervention. In this webinar, Mona Kerby, professor and School Librarianship program coordinator at McDaniel College, highlights detrimental and censoring behaviors that lie close to home and shares successful strategies to beat them. Librarian, know thyself: it’s time for an intervention.

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  • To recognize self-censoring behaviors
  • To practice strategies to fight censorship without fighting
  • To learn what to say when faced with a challenge

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