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Libraries, Access, and Intellectual Freedom
Barbara M. Jones
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0761-0
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $46.00
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232 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0761-0
Year Published: 1999
Intellectual freedom is one of the guarantees of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution...

...Thanks to their role as guardians of information, librarians are tasked with ensuring the benefits of intellectual freedom. The very differences in library patrons who come from varying backgrounds and with diverse tastes presents the dilemma: What one person considers enlightening and informative, another may consider immoral and offensive. Librarians are often caught in the middle.

How well librarians respond to censorship challenges will depend in large part on the planning and policy making that has gone on beforehand. Clear, precise library policies are the best approach to balancing conflicting interests.

Libraries, Access, and Intellectual Freedom is a comprehensive guide to the key intellectual freedom “hot buttons” and the legal issues involved. This unique book offers a practical approach to developing, promoting, and implementing intellectual freedom policies that work.

The success of intellectual freedom policies often hinges on how well librarians combine local community dynamics with national perspectives and legal and political realities. Librarian and intellectual freedom activist Barbara M. Jones explains the major intellectual freedom issues, including access to computer networks, requests from government agencies for circulation records, and the effects of federal, state, and local laws on policy making. She describes how to develop intellectual freedom policies that incorporate legal decisions and are clear and acceptable to users.

When used in conjunction with the Intellectual Freedom Manual, Fifth Edition, Libraries, Access, and Intellectual Freedom provides the necessary tools to promote and protect intellectual freedom in the library.
    Author’s Preface
    by Judith Krug
    Section I The “Limited Public Forum” in Academic and Public Libraries
    1 A legal History of the Public Forum Doctrine
    2 Kreimer v. Morristown: Tension between the Law and Library Policy
    3 What Can Be Learned from a Public Forum Analysis of Libraries?
    4 The Public Forum in Various Types of Libraries and Corsortia
      Academic Libraries
      Public Libraries
      Multi-type Library Corsortia
    5 The Public Forum Applied to Various Information Formats
    6 The Public Forum for a Diverse User Group
    Section II The Legal Foundation of Intellectual Freedom in a Public Forum
    7 The First Amendment
      Limits to the Public Forum
      Time, Place, and Manner Restrictions
      Content Neutrality
      Overbreadth or Vagueness of Regulations
      The Minority View
      Accuracy of Content
      “Fighting Words”
      The Tin Drum Case
    8 The Fourteenth Amendment: Due Process and Equal Protection
    9 The Right to Give and Receive Information
    10 The Right to Privacy
    11 The Legal Environment and Issues Affecting Internet Access
    12 International Law
    13 Documents with the Force of Law
    14 Other Laws
    Section III The Policy Players and Process for Library Public Forum Issues
    15 Professional Library Associations
      Professional Ethics
      The American Library Association
      The Office for Intellectual Freedom
    State Library Associations
      The Illinois Library Association’s Success Story
    The ALA Membership
      The Freedom to Read Foundation
      International Efforts on Behalf of Intellectual Freedom
    16 Special Interest Groups
      Frequent Supporters of Intellectual Freedom Issues
      Frequent Challenges to Library Intellectual Freedom Issues
    17 The Policy Process: A General Overview
      Policy Players
    18 The Policy Process in Public Libraries and Academic Institutions
      Informal Considerations
    19 The FBI Library Awareness Project: A Case Study of Values
      Conflict and Ambiguity in the Policy Process
    Section IV Putting It All Together: How to Write and Implement Intellectual Freedom Policy For Publicly Funded Libraries
    20 Writing and Implementing Good Policy: Formal and Information Considerations
    21 Intellectual Freedom Policies for Information Content
      General Considerations
      The Process for Making Collections and Access Decisions
      Sexually Explicit Content
      Children in the Limited Public Forum: Library Content, Access, and Privacy Concerns
      Filtering Internet Content
      Content Perceived to Lack Accuracy, Scholarly Value, or Legitimacy
    22 Intellectual Freedom Policies for Access for Information
      General Considerations
      Fees as a Barrier to Access: Budgeting for Intellectual Freedom
      Filters as a Barrier to Access
      Special Access Problems in Brief:
    23 Intellectual Freedom Policies for Privacy
      General Considerations
      The Wide Variety of Library Privacy Situations the Public Policy Arena or Privacy
      Confidentiality of Library Records
      Content, Access, and Confidentiality of Computer Network Use
      The Jake Baker Case: Content, Access, and Privacy on a Campus Computer Network
      Library Patron and Employee Rights
    A U.S. Bill of Rights and Amendment XIV
    B Guidelines for the Development of Policies and Procedures Regarding User
    Behavior and Library Usage
    C Library Bill of Rights and Its Interpretations
    D Article 19
    E ALA Code of Ethics
    F The Freedom to Read
    G Development of a Materials Selection Policy
    H ALA Policies on Access to Electronic Information, Networks, and Services
    I ALA Policies on Library Filtering Software
    J Guidelines for the Development and Implementation of Policies, Regulations and Procedures Affecting Access to Library Materials, Services, and Facilities
    K ALA Policies on Confidentiality

About the Author
Barbara M. Jones chose intellectual freedom as her primary professional interest early in her career. Since the 1980s she has served in such varied roles as chair of ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Round Table, two terms as a member of the Intellectual Freedom Committee, and a member of the state intellectual freedom committees in Iowa and Minnesota. She was the first chair of the recently created ACRL Intellectual Freedom Committee. Ms. Jones has spoken to library, general academic, legislative, and community groups about the First Amendment in libraries of all types. Her writing on intellectual freedom culminated in her Ph.D. in United States history from the University of Minnesota in 1995, with a focus on legal history. Ms. Jones received her Masters in Library Service, with high honors, from Columbia University in 1978. Since that time she has worked in academic and research libraries in a variety of capacities, including head of reference, head of cataloging, and director. She is currently coordinator of the special collections division, and rare book and special collections librarian, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her current project focuses on the expansion and description of the Baskette Freedom of Expression Collection at UIUC.
“...a concise, practical manual covering areas of vital importance to librarians in a clear and readable style.”
—Library Journal

“...the best work of its kind... Jones...has brought, between the covers of one book, remarkable amount of information that librarians should know.”
—Journal of Academic Librarianship

“Highly recommended for any library or librarian who deals with intellectual freedom issues.”
—Public Libraries

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