Tuesday, September 28, 2010

SCALA events this week!

Join SCALA, Drexel's student chapter of the American Library Association, for two events this week -- the iSchool's Fall Festival and our own Banned Books Week event, cosponsored by the iSchool.

Fall Festival -- Wednesday, September 29

SCALA will be at the iSchool Fall Festival on Wednesday, Sept. 29 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Rush Alumni Garden. Come make your own cheesesteak and learn more about the iSchool's student organizations, career services and peer mentoring programs. RSVP to this event at: www.ischool.drexel.edu/fallfestival

A New Take on Banned Books Week -- Thursday, September 30
In honor of Banned Books Week, iSchool associate professor Denise Agosto will be giving a talk titled "Social Networks, Teens, and Controversial Content: A New Take on Banned Books Week" at 5 p.m. Thursday, September 30 in Hagerty Library room L33. Pizza and refreshments will be provided by the iSchool. The event will conclude with banned book giveaways!

The talk will be simulcast at http://bit.ly/SCALAevent

The archived lecture, along with additional Banned Books Week resources and another chance to win a banned book, will be on our blog (http://drexelscala.blogspot.com/) starting Friday.

For more information, email drexelscala@gmail.com

Abstract: Librarians and others interested in issues relating to censorship and the freedom to read have been celebrating Banned Books Week for nearly 30 years. In today’s highly digital information world, it’s time to expand our thinking about censored materials from just printed books to include other forms of controversial reading materials, such as websites and digital networks. This presentation will summarize the major issues relating to teens and privacy and security in online social networks and suggest ways that librarians can help adolescents to become safer digital citizens while still protecting their freedom to read and exchange information.

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