Find a Challenged or Banned Book at the University of Victoria

Susan Henderson from the University of Victoria shared this wonderful Freedom to Read Week event: The University of Victoria Libraries and Bookstore are organizing a special campus event to celebrate the 26th year of Freedom to Read Week. We really liked the BookCrossing idea on the FTRW website so we now have 26 campus representatives…

A+ Univeristy of Ottawa Physics prof suspended

In today’s Globe and Mail (G&M) there is an article “Professor makes his mark, but it costs him his job” about Dr. Denis Rancourt, an anarchist professor, who doesn’t believe in grades (more accurately he gives everyone an A+) .  On the University of Ottawa website his bio reads “Denis G. Rancourt is a physics…

Academic freedom and assisted suicide

I just heard a story on CBC radio about Russell Odgen, a sociology instructor at Kwantlen University College who researches assisted suicide. An article in the Vancouver Sun states “Despite receiving earlier ethics board approval, Ogden has since been told by Kwantlen’s administration he cannot “engage in any illegal activity, including attending at an assisted…

survey results released

CLA Advisory Committee on Intellectual Freedom released the results (7 page Word document) from their survey of challenges in Canadian libraries today. Items challenged ranged from Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby to The Golden Compass; books, graphic novels and film; and internet filtering. Almost all of the challenges resulted in the item being kept…

internet filtering–boo, FIMS faculty–yay!

Thanks Ann Curry for posting this to the IFC listserv. A big hurrah for the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario for passing a motion expressing concern about filters being applied to adult workstations at the London Public Library.  I wish I had some buttons left to send you. …