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When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Where: University of Denver - Anderson Academic Commons
2150 E Evans Ave
Denver, Colorado  80208
United States

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2017 CoALA Workshop
Intellectual and Academic Freedom and the Academic Library

Anderson Academic Commons- Special Events Room- University of Denver
2150 E Evans Ave
Denver, CO 80208

CAL Member: $30
Non-Member: $40
Student: $20
Breakfast and Lunch will be included

The Colorado Academic Library Association is pleased to present our 2017 Workshop on Intellectual/Academic Freedom and the Academic Library.  Our keynote speakers will present on unique challenges and concerns facing the academy within the context of intellectual and academic freedom.

Jamie LaRue is the Director of the Office of Intellectual Freedom for the American Library Association.  Previously, he was the director of the Douglas County Libraries and Library Services Director at the Greeley Public Library.  Among his many activities, he has served on the Bibliographic Center for Research (BCR) Board of Trustees, OCLC Membership Council, and Douglas County Youth Initiative Executive Board. He was president of the Colorado Council for Library Development (2002-2003) and president of the Colorado Library Association (1998-1999). He was named Colorado Librarian of the Year in 1998 and received the Julia J. Boucher Award for Intellectual Freedom from the Colorado Library Association in 2007.

Jamie LaRue will speak on "Turning Our Back on the First Amendment? Intellectual Freedom and the Academy." Many academic librarians thought Intellectual Freedom was settled business in the university environment. Who challenges books anymore? But now, with trigger warnings, fired professors, and violent protests against invited speakers, it might be time to take another look.

Martin Garnar is the dean of the Kraemer Family Library at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.  He started teaching professional ethics for the University of Denver’s library and information science program in 2005 and has served as chair of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee, the ALA Committee on Professional Ethics, and the ACRL Professional Values Committee.  He’s currently serving as the president of the Freedom to Read Foundation. Martin is a frequent speaker on ethics and intellectual freedom at state, regional, and national events, and served as the assistant editor for the 9th edition of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Manual

Academic library workers never have to worry about intellectual freedom, right?  All those book challenges happen in school or public libraries (well, there were those funding cuts based on the choice of a first-year campus reading program book, but that’s an isolated incident).  Still, there are no concerns about equity of access (as long as you have the right device and don’t have any disabilities), we have complete control over our patrons’ records (except all the information held by IT and third-party vendors), and campuses universally celebrate free speech (though trigger warnings, free speech zones, and dis-invited speakers are taking their toll).  Really, it doesn’t apply to us at all.

(Of course it does.)

Please join Martin Garnar for a conversation about intellectual freedom in academic libraries and the particular challenges we face.



8:00am - 9:00am: Registration and Breakfast

9:00am – 9:15am: Welcome and Introduction

9:15am – 10:15am: Keynote Speaker James LaRue

10:15am – 11:15am: Lightning Rounds

11:15am – 12:15pm: Lunch

12:15pm – 1:15pm: Keynote Speaker Martin Garner

1:15pm - 1:45pm: Afternoon break

1:45pm – 2:45pm: Ethical Dilemma Scenario Training

2:45pm – 3:00pm: Closing Remarks



There is paid parking available on the University of Denver campus.  The most convenient parking location will be the Evans Parking Garage.  The ground floor of Evans Parking Structure contains 100 hourly parking spaces, located at the southeast corner of Evans Avenue and High Street, with entrances off High Street and eastbound Evans Avenue.  The pay station accepts coins, bills, Visa, and MasterCard.

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