This week in intellectual freedom

Just in case you missed it the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue arrived on the scene this past week. As long as I’ve been teaching in a school library media program, the decision about what to do with this issue has been a topic of much discussion. Gail Dickinson wrote an excellent column in Knowledge Quest that addressed this topic (I’d link to it here but it seems that today is the day AASL is unveiling its redesigned web site and most of the links don’t seem to be working).

But this year there’s a new twist on the issue: Southwest Airlines has put the cover model on one of its airplanes! I think intellectual freedom is a very important professional issue but I never thought about seeing SI’s scantily clad cover model larger than life on an airplane.

I’d also like to recommend an excellent blog that one of my students found this semester. It’s hosted by the National Coalition Against Censorship and it is an excellent way to follow censorship issues in the news. I’d highly recommend adding it to your RSS feed. And speaking of RSS, if you haven’t checked out Tabbloid yet please give it a try. Tabbloid allows you to enter your RSS feeds and then it delivers them to you on a schedule you choose in a pdf newspaper format-very nifty! My Google Reader had gotten seriously out of hand so I decided to put a subset of my favorite blogs into Tabbloid.

Judi Repman

Georgia Southern University

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Posted on February 18, 2009, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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