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Archive for January, 2010

This article is about a children’s book, Buster’s Sugartime by Marc Brown, that has been challenged in the Union School District in Tulsa.  Luckily the Union school board voted to keep the book on the shelf.  The book includes some children who have same-sex parents.  Dr. Van Fleet posted this on Desire2Learn in our Evaluation Methods class forum, and I shared it on our class Facebook page for Young Adult Services.

The parents challenging the book apparently object to the ALSC core competency to maintain “a diverse collection, recognizing children’s need to see people like and unlike themselves in the materials they access.”   Children living in non-traditional families deserve access to books that reflect their reality, just like every other child.

Imagine removing everything from the library that mentions an illegal activity…  There goes the mystery section…  Whaling is illegal in the Arkansas River, so I guess Moby Dick would be out…

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Is society becoming bound and gagged by overzealous licencing?  Will our culture be hamstrung by copyright?  There’s cause for concern…

Thanks to my friend Catherine Wilson for sending me a link to this article by Lawrence Lessig:

For the Love of Culture: Google, copyright, and our future

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At long last, I am about to begin my last semester in the OU School of Library & Information Studies!  I’m heavily entrenched in putting my professional portfolio together, so my postings have become somewhat sparse.  In a few weeks I will post a link to my portfolio website so any interested parties can see what I’ve been doing with the last two-and-a-half years of my life.  If all goes as planned, I’ll defend my portfolio in late March and graduate in May. 

Ahh, I’m so close!  Just a little further to go…

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