Practice Inclusivity

No More Neutral: How to Champion the Right to Read (102-FY24)

30th Anniversary Offer: Use code NOVELIST30 to get 30 percent off the price of an individual seat to this course. Offer ends April 30, 2024.

*️⃣ This course is for anyone who works with readers in any capacity. It is taught by Angela Hursh, 2023 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. In this course, you’ll learn how to clarify your library’s policies, solidify your library’s positions, and clearly communicate your mission, vision, and values. Learn methods to build community and stakeholder support for your library and how to handle communications with internal and external stakeholders should your library face a book challenge.

*️⃣ Here are the core skills you will learn in this course:
- Concrete tips for strengthening the public’s support of the library now, including tips on promoting your library's mission, vision, and values, and the value of protecting intellectual freedom.
- Strategies for publicly responding to a censorship challenge, including media relations, crafting talking points, and communicating with patrons.
- Successful promotional ideas from real-life libraries designed to educate and empower readers about the importance of protecting the right to read.

*️⃣ This course will take the average learner about 4 hours to complete.

Group rates are available:
20% off for 3-25 seats
30% off for 26-49 seats
40% off for 50-99 seats
Ask us if you need more than 100 seats.

*️⃣ Special note: Libraries and consortia can also purchase an in-person/virtual workshop version of this course. Additionally, this course is available as part of our subscription offerings. For group rates or subscription package options, please contact us at

*️⃣ Course format:
This course consists of two self-paced lessons that you can complete at your own pace and 1 live lesson with your instructor. You have 24/7 access to the first two lessons in this course, and they can be completed at your own pace. These lessons consist of short units featuring videos with closed captions, activities, assignments, and short, automatically graded quizzes. Finish all the lessons to receive your course completion certificate.

*️⃣ Course instructor:

The instructor of this course is Angela Hursh, Manager (Library Engagement, Marketing, and Professional Development) for NoveList. Angela's background includes more than six years as the Content Team Leader for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and 20 years as an Emmy-award-winning broadcast television news journalist. In her current role for NoveList, Angela helps libraries create effective and engaging marketing with a personalized approach.

*️⃣ Last updated: November 2023

*️⃣ This course is designed for professionals in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Course Instructor: Angela Hursh Estimated completion...: 4 hours

  • Welcome to the course!
  • Lesson One
  • Lesson One: Protecting the Freedom to Read.
  • Lesson Two
  • Lesson Two: Position Your Library As A Trusted Institution.
  • Lesson Three - Attend a Live Class
  • No More Neutral Live Training on 2nd November 2023 at 11:00 AM ET
  • No More Neutral Live Training on 9th January 2024 at 1:00 PM ET
  • No More Neutral Live Training on 13th March 2024 at 3:00 PM ET
  • No More Neutral Live Training on 7th May 2024 at 5:00 PM ET
  • Complete the survey
  • Post-Course Survey
Completion rules
  • You must complete the units "Lesson One: Protecting the Freedom to Read., Lesson Two: Position Your Library As A Trusted Institution., Post-Course Survey"
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever