Happy birthday to the ILSS!

My birthday was a couple of weeks ago, but Feb 18th is my blog’s first anniversary! A year ago I set out on this voyage, not knowing what to expect, and since then I’ve interacted with some great people and learned a lot about libraries and the Web. I promise I won’t get too emotional on you, but I wanted to acknowledge my first year as a blogger and to thank everyone who has supported me along the way!

In other news, I had a lot of fun as the photographer for the McGill CLA Student Chapter Freedom to Read photo shoot today. Here I am, posing with a fantastic novel – A Clockwork Orange:

Posing for the SIS Freedom to Read photo shoot

Posing for the SIS Freedom to Read photo shoot

Freedom to Read Week is coming up

Freedom to Read Week doesn’t actually start until a week from now, but we’re celebrating a week early at SIS because the 22nd to 28th is our spring break. (You may recall I posted about Freedom to Read last year too) The CLA McGill Student Chapter is raising awareness by having a challenged books photo shoot (an idea we borrowed from the Freedom of Expression Committee). Anyone who comes to the SIS student lounge at lunch on Tuesday or Wednesday will have the opportunity to have their photo taken while reading a frequently challenged book, and everyone who participates will be entered in a draw to win a gift certificate for Chapters. Hopefully the winner will use it to buy a challenged book!  Brittany Trafford, our CLA Student Chapter secretary, has already taken a stack of appropriate books out of the library, so there will be plenty to choose from.

How is Freedom to Read being promoted at other schools and libraries? Leave a comment to let everyone know.

Freedom to Read Week 2009

Freedom to Read – read a challenged book next week

Next week is Freedom to Read Week, which is a lot like the ALA’s Banned Books Week, except that it focuses on content challenged in Canada and doesn’t have an initialism as likely to cause potentially amusing misunderstandings. You can celebrate by learning about censorship in Canada, reading some challenged books (try a classic like Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale or Timothy Findley’s The Wars), and spreading the word. Take a few minutes to decide how you feel about censorship and limits to freedom of expression – should people be allowed to publish absolutely anything? If not, where do we draw the line?