Libraries on the Front Lines of Democracy: Protecting America’s Freedom to Read

Date(s) - 05/10/2022
10:00 am CDT - 3:00 pm CDT

Gulf Coast State College

Kristin Pekoll, Assistant Director with the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom will join us for this conference and provide information on how to navigate book challenges.

Draft Schedule

9:30 AM CT
Continental breakfast provided by PLAN

10:00 AM CT
How to Prepare for Material Challenges in Your Library with Kristin Pekoll, Assistant Director, Office of Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association: Intellectual freedom is a conversation not a rule. Being prepared with best practices, policies, and communication techniques is just the first step. The main goal of this session is not only training and definitions but more importantly it is to help you feel more confident and secure in your professional capacity and able to handle a challenge if it comes your way.

Kristin Pekoll is the Assistant Director at the Office for Intellectual Freedom. She is a former YA librarian from Wisconsin and a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan who happens to live in Chicago Bears country. She is the author of Beyond Banned Books: Defending Intellectual Freedom throughout Your Library published by ALA Editions in 2019.

12:00 PM CT
Lunch provided by PLAN

1:00 PM CT
Panel Discussion on Material Challenges

2:00 PM CT
Role Playing

2:30 PM CT
Open Discussion

3:00 PM CT

PLAN events are available at no charge to Florida library staff and volunteers. This conference will not be recorded. We will provide a continental breakfast and lunch for all registered attendees.

Registration is closed for this event.

For FY2021-22, 70% of the total costs for the PLAN Continuing Education program ($220,000) is supported by federal money, and 30% of this program ($92,991) is supported by state money. The total budget of the project is $312,991.