Banned/Challenged Books Panel [Part 1: Planning]

The iSchool has a student chapter of ALA. We call it SALA. This year, I am the secretary of the organization. It is an honor and a pleasure to be a part of a dedicated and professional organization. We work at disseminating information given to us by ALA as well as planning professional and social events throughout the year.

I volunteered to lead the organization of the Banned/Challenged Books panel this fall. We didn’t schedule it during the official Banned Books Week because that was the first week of classes. The panel is on Wednesday, October 6 in Mary Gates Hall 420 from 5:15pm-7:00pm. Here’s our schedule:
5:15pm-6:00pm — Free pizza, socialize, share our favorite banned/challenged books
6:00pm-7:00pm — Panel with the following panelists:
             * Susan Hildreth — City Librarian, Seattle, Washington (Seattle Public Library)            
             * Terri Kuechle — Middle School Librarian, Beaverton, Oregon
             * Lynn Miller — Teen Librarian at Ballard branch, Seattle, Washington (Seattle Public Library)
             * Elsa Steele — Managing Librarian in Kirkland, Washington (King County Library System)

Our panel will be available to distance MLIS students who attend UW, too. We are going to set up an online meeting room where people will be able to listen to the panel and participate by leaving comments and questions online. I am excited to add this dynamic to our panel.

These next couple of days, I will be creating a list of questions to use to facilitate the panel, but I hope the audience brings its own questions because I look forward to this being a stimulating discussion about libraries, intellectual freedom and the rights of readers.

You can find updates about SALA on our website, Facebook and Twitter.
Look for another post reflecting and evaluating the panel after the event. And hopefully I’ll have some photos!

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