The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has designated Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, as the second annual Banned Websites Awareness Day. To raise awareness of the overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries, AASL designates one day during Banned Books Week as Banned Websites Awareness Day.
On Wednesday, Oct. 3, AASL asks school librarians and other educators to promote an awareness of how overly restrictive filtering affects student learning. To facilitate this, the AASL website offers a variety of resources and tools to share how the overly restrictive filtering of educational websites and social media sites impacts student learning. The AASL website also includes a Web banner and Web badge available for download. Both graphics features the AASL Banned Websites Awareness Day logo.
In honor of Banned Websites Awareness Day, AASL will present the complementary webinar, “How to be a Ninja Warrior Filter Fighter!” Taking place at 6 p.m. Central time on Wednesday, Oct. 3, presenter Gwyneth Jones will focus on how overly restrictive filtering affects student learning and what school librarians can do to fight restrictive filtering in their schools. Jones, aka The Daring Librarian, is a middle school teacher librarian, a blogger, a Tweeter, a public speaker, a citizen of Social Media and a resident of Second Life. The webinar is complimentary but registration is required and space is limited. Registrations will be accepted until noon on Tuesday, Oct. 2.