West Bend Public Library Wins Wisconsin ProQuest Intellectual Freedom Award

In the wake of the ongoing controversy over select Young Adult books at the West Bend Community Memorial Library, the Intellectual Freedom Round Table of the Wisconsin Library Association has named Director Michael Tyree and Young Adult Librarian Kristin Pekoll,…

West Bend Library Controversy Continues to Escalate

The West Bend library controversy continues to escalate....with calls for book burning and growing national exposure (and, unfortunately, ridicule). Here's the (abridged) history and escalation: [Updated on 6/19/09 to include ABC News coverage, and 7/22/09 to include CNN] 02/15/2009: Ginny…

West Bend Library Board Rejects Restrictions

The West Bend Community Memorial Library board held a public meeting this evening to consider the request from the "West Bend Citizens for Safe Libraries" that the library remove books they consider to be "obscene" or "child pornography" from a…

Stutzman: Google exposes Book Search patron records

I've written frequently about how the shift from accessing information in offline spaces to online spaces has particular privacy implications. For example, strikingly different privacy norms and expectations emerge when comparing information-seeking activities in libraries vs. bookstores vs. Google Book…

Libraries: The Original Google Project

Hannah Yale, and art student here at UW-Milwaukee, has created an amazing gurellia art project, in collaboration with the UWM Library, called "The Original Google Project." Here's the description from its Facebook page: This project was designed as a collaboration…

Update on West Bend Library Controversy: Board Members Removed, ALA and Free Speech Groups Object

The controversy over the status of various GLBTQ-themed books (and now, apparently, any "sexually explicit" books) in the young adult section at the West Bend Library has taken a turn for the worse. The city's common council voted against reappointing…

UW-M School of Information Studies Statement of Support for the West Bend Library

In recent weeks, two citizens of West Bend, Wisconsin have petitioned the West Bend Community Memorial Library to remove gay-themed books from a section designated “Young Adults,” arguing the books should be reclassified and placed in a restricted area requiring…

Follow the Library 2.0 Symposium at Yale Law School

I'm attending the Library 2.0 Symposium organized by the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. We're only an hour into the agenda, and it has already been an incredibly provocative and enlightening event. You can follow the Twitter stream…

Banned Book Week is Coming…Even in Wasilla

As Banned Books Week near (September 27-October 4), Nancy Kranich, past president of the American Library Association, reminds us of the many attempts to restrict our right to read, including an example from Wasilla, Alaska: This year's banned book focal…