intellectual freedom

TLA Statement: Katy ISD Removal of The Hate U Give

Intellectual freedom is one of the Texas Library Association’s (TLA) most strongly held core values. Libraries provide access to diverse books and resources, ensuring the freedom to read which is essential to an informed and engaged democracy.

Recently Dr. Lance Hindt, the superintendent of Katy Independent School District (Katy ISD), directed district librarians to remove The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas from their collections. A parent of a 6th grade student went directly to a Board of Education meeting and challenged the book due to questionable language.

Created on Dec 5, 2017 | Last updated December 05, 2017

US House Labor Subcommittee Approves Level Funding IMLS in FY2018

Yesterday evening, the U.S. House Appropriations subcommittee responsible for library funding (Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies) voted to recommend level funding in FY2018 of $231 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which will likely include $183 million for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), and $27 million for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program.

Created on Jul 14, 2017 | Last updated July 14, 2017

July 12 Save Net Neutrality Day of Action

Save Net Neutrality Day of Action is Today!

The Federal Communications Commission has opened a public proceeding to roll back network neutrality protections instituted in 2015. Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers (ISPs) must enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source and without favoring or blocking specific services or websites.

Created on Jul 12, 2017 | Last updated July 12, 2017

Maida Asofsky Interviews Tony Diaz

Excerpts from Maida Asofsky’s May 12, 2012 Interview with Tony Diaz
(ACLU of Texas weekly radio show, “Give Me Liberty,” which airs weekly on Houston Community Radio KPFT 90.)

Q: What brought you to Houston and what you do for a living?

Created on Sep 12, 2012 | Last updated September 27, 2012

Open Records Act


Relating to making confidential a record that would identify a person who uses library services or materials.

Created on May 31, 2011 | Last updated May 31, 2011
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