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Intellectual Freedom Manual, Ninth Edition
Trina Magi, Editor, and Martin Garnar, Assistant Editor, for Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF)
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1292-8
 
Publisher: ALA Editions
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296 pages
8.5" x 11"
Softcover
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1292-8
Year Published: 2015
AP Categories: A, C, E, G, I

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Since it was established in 1967, ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has championed the rights of library users to seek and receive information on all subjects from all points of view without restriction and without having the subject of one's interest examined or scrutinized by others. The new edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual is more than just an invaluable compendium of guiding principles and policies. It’s also an indispensable resource for day-to-day guidance on maintaining free and equal access to information for all people. Fortifying and emboldening professionals and students from across the library spectrum, this manual includes
  • 34 ALA policy statements and documents, 17 new or updated for this edition, addressing patron behavior, internet use, copyright, exhibits, use of meeting spaces, and other common concerns
  • At-a-glance lists summarizing key issues such as access, challenges and censorship, access by minors to controversial materials, and advocacy
  • Explanations of legal points in clear, easy-to-understand language, alongside case citations
  • Numerous checklists to help readers stay organized
  • A glossary and selected bibliography
This must-have tool will help librarians ensure that institutions of all kinds remain beacons of intellectual freedom.
Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
CONTRIBUTORS
INTRODUCTION AND USERS GUIDE

PART 1:  INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM AND LIBRARIES
1.         What Is Intellectual Freedom?
Barbara M. Jones
2.         Core Intellectual Freedom Documents of the American Library Association
Libraries:  An American Value
Library Bill of Rights
The Freedom to Read
Code of Ethics of the American Library Association
Questions and Answers on Enforcement of the Code of Ethics of the American Library Association
3.         Creating Intellectual Freedom Policies for Your Library
Guidelines for the Development and Implementation of Policies, Regulations, and Procedures Affecting Access to Library Materials, Services, and Facilities.
Creating Policy for Your Library
Collection Development and Resource Reconsideration
Internet Use
Use of Meeting Rooms and Exhibit Spaces
Privacy and Confidentiality
User Behavior and Library Use
4.         The Right to Receive Information: Libraries, the First Amendment, and the Public Forum Doctrine
Theresa Chmara
 
PART 2:  INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM ISSUES AND BEST PRACTICES
1.         Access to Library Resources and Services
Issue at a Glance
Official ALA Policy Statements
·         “Access to Digital Information, Services, and Networks—An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights
·         “Access to Library Resources and Services Regardless of Sex, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, or Sexual Orientation—An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights
·         “Economic Barriers to Information Access—An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights
·         “Intellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries—An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights
·         “Prisoners Right to Read—An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights
·         “Restricted Access to Library Materials—An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights
·         “Services to Persons with Disabilities—An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights
·         “The Universal Right to Free Expression—An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights
A Deeper Look
The Law Regarding Access to the Library: User-Behavior Rules
Theresa Chmara
2.         Censorship, Challenged Resources, and Internet Filtering
Issue at a Glance
Official ALA Policy Statements
·         “Challenged Resources—An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights
·         “Expurgation of Library Resources—An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights
A Deeper Look
How to Respond to Challenges and Concerns about Library Resources
Kristin Pekoll and Helen R. Adams
Sample Form: Request for Reconsideration of Library Resources
Engaging with Organized Groups
Barbara M. Jones and Deborah Caldwell-Stone
The Law Regarding Access to Library Resources: Removal of Materials
Theresa Chmara
Internet Filtering and Intellectual Freedom
Part 1: Do I Have to Use an Internet Filter in My Library?
Deborah Caldwell-Stone
Part 2: Do Filters Really Work?
Sarah Houghton
Part 3: How Does Filtering Affect Intellectual Freedom?
Sarah Houghton
Part 4: What Are School Libraries Doing?
Helen R. Adams
3.         Children and Youth
Issue at a Glance
Official ALA Policy Statements
·         “Access for Children and Young Adults to Nonprint Materials—An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights
·         “Access to Library Resources and Services for Minors—An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights
·         “Access to Resources and Services in the School Library—An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights
·         “Minors and Internet Activity—An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights
A Deeper Look
Intellectual Freedom and Young People
Pat Scales
The Law Regarding Minors’ First Amendment Rights to Access Information
Theresa Chmara
4.         Collection Development and Management
Issue at a Glance
Official ALA Policy Statements
·         “Diversity in Collection Development—An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights
·         Evaluating Library Collections—An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights
·         “Labeling and Rating Systems—An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights
A Deeper Look
The Law Regarding Rating Systems
Deborah Caldwell-Stone
5.         Copyright
Issue at a Glance
Official ALA Policy Statements
·         “Copyright—An Interpretation of the Code of Ethics
A Deeper Look
The Law Regarding Copyright
Carrie Russell
6.         Meeting Rooms, Exhibit Spaces, and Programs
Issue at a Glance
Official ALA Policy Statements
·         “Advocating for Intellectual Freedom—An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights
·         “Exhibit Spaces and Bulletin Boards—An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights
·         “Library-Initiated Programs as a Resource—An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights
·         “Meeting Rooms—An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights
A Deeper Look
The Law Regarding Access to Meeting Rooms and Exhibit Spaces
Theresa Chmara
7.         Privacy and Confidentiality
Issue at a Glance
Official ALA Policy Statements
·         “Privacy—An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights
·         “Resolution on the Retention of Library Usage Records”
·         “RFID in Libraries—Privacy and Confidentiality Guidelines”
A Deeper Look
The Law Regarding Privacy and Confidentiality in Libraries
Deborah Caldwell-Stone
8.         Visits and Requests from Law Enforcement
Issue at a Glance
Official ALA Policy Statements
·         “Policy on Governmental Intimidation”
A Deeper Look
How to Respond to Law Enforcement Requests for Library Records and User Information: Suggested Guidelines
The Law Regarding Law Enforcement Requests for Library Records
Deborah Caldwell-Stone
9.         Workplace Speech
Issue at a Glance
Official ALA Policy Statements
·         “Resolution on Workplace Speech”
·         “Questions and Answers on Speech in the Workplace: An Explanatory Statement of the ALA Code of Ethics
 
PART 3:  ADVOCACY AND ASSISTANCE
1.         Communicating about Intellectual Freedom
Identifying the Audience
Creating the Message
Delivering the Message
Choosing and Preparing Spokespeople
Working with the Media
Dealing with Controversy and Negative Publicity
Lobbying, Robert Doyle
2.         Where to Get Help and Get Involved
Challenge Support and Information
Educational and Public-Awareness Programs
Online Resources and Publications
American Library Association Policy-Making and Networking
State and Federal Legislation—Information and Advocacy
Legal Defense of Intellectual Freedom and Humanitarian Aid for Librarians
Building Intellectual Freedom Coalitions
Intellectual Freedom Awards
Nanette Perez and Trina Magi
 
APPENDIX 1: GLOSSARY OF TERMS
Candace Morgan
APPENDIX 2: SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
Loretta Gaffney
APPENDIX 3: CORE INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM DOCUMENTS AND RELATED STATEMENTS
 
INDEX

About the Editors

Trina Magi is a library professor and reference and instruction librarian at the University of Vermont. She has chaired state and regional intellectual freedom committees, served on the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee, and published a number of articles on privacy. She has won several awards for her intellectual freedom advocacy.

Martin Garnar is the reference services librarian and professor of library science at Regis University in Denver, CO. He also teaches professional ethics, library instruction, and foundations of library and information science for the University of Denver’s library and information science program. He has served as chair of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee and the Committee on Professional Ethics.

ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is charged with implementing the intellectual freedom policies of the American Library Association through educating librarians and the public about the concept of intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights, the Association’s basic policy on free access to libraries and library materials. In order to meet its educational goals, the Office undertakes information, support, and coordination activities.
Reviews

”The text is very well written and provides a wealth of information about each topic, including specific situational examples and explanations of the law surrounding the different topics. The information is organized well and includes great details to make navigation as simple as possible. It is very helpful to have all of this information collected and organized in one simple resource. Proponents of intellectual freedom would benefit from having a copy of this manual on hand."
— ARBA

”Some barriers to reading are imposed by community members, parents, and laws, and librarians ought to be familiar with readers’ rights and the library’s responsibility to its readers. So, keep this manual handy! … Foremost, the editors and authors have packed into fewer than 300 pages a useful toolkit for librarians’ work to provide services and to understand terminology, fundamental documents and the information professionals’ responsibility to unwaveringly stand up to protect intellectual freedoms of the citizenry."
— Reference Reviews
 
 

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