RA for your Tuesday

Since I’ll be at the YSS Conference in Clayton this Friday – and doing all manner of prep work during the days that precede it – today is the day for RA. It’s also going to be quite a short one; see also, YSS Conference.

In the news is this story from PBS NewsHour about how librarians are fighting book bans. If you’re new to libraries or to this issue, start with learning about intellectual freedom, which is a core value of our field. Here’s a quick definition from the ALA:

Intellectual freedom is the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction. It provides for free access to all expressions of ideas through which any and all sides of a question, cause or movement may be explored.”

NCLS has resources to learn more about intellectual freedom and materials challenges, including the latest edition of ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Manual. To keep up on the latest news, check out Kelly Jensen’s censorship roundups on Book Riot.

The May lists from Library Reads and Indie Next are out! Go ahead and print ’em out for yer corkboard.

Finally, #FridayReads: In the mood for something breezy, smart, and reliable, and for me, that’s Beth O’Leary. In my earbuds is The Husbands, which is somehow a page-turner even without pages to turn. It’s also a delight and the narrator is wonderful. Happy reading!