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Banning Books: Banishing Privacy

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September 15 @ 10:00 AM 11:00 AM MDT

Libraries remain safe havens for study, solitude, shelter, and reflection. In an era of increasing tension about parental rights, equity, and social issues, library patrons, parents, and staff are being targeted by Book Banning proponents. 

Join special guest Richard Beaudry to explore the role of libraries and librarians in ensuring intellectual freedom, the increasing threat that borrowing histories present, and how to protect patron, parent, and staff privacy.

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Richard Beaudry is an Information Specialist and Librarian. He has worked as a teacher-librarian in K-12 schools and taught classes in the diploma program in Teacher Librarianship at the University of British Columbia and the Master’s in Teacher Librarianship at the University of Alberta. Richard is an ALA Certified Librarian and a Fellow of the Library Association of Ireland. Richard is particularly known for his activities to promote human rights and freedom of information, particularly as they relate to the censorship of materials in school libraries. Richard was the recipient of the 2016 Canadian Library Association Award for the Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada. Richard chairs the Canadian Federation of Library Associations / Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA-FCAB) Intellectual Freedom Committee, as the Canadian School Librairies (CSL) representative. He is also part of the Working Group of Librarians working on censorship issues for libraries for the Centre for Free Expression at Toronto Metropolitan University.

This event qualifies for Continuing Professional Development credits applicable toward PACC Professional Certification.