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Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your School Library
Pat R. Scales for OIF
Item Number: 978-0-8389-3581-1
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $52.00
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168 pages
9" x 6"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-3581-1
Year Published: 2009
AP Categories: A, E, G

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Pat Scales uses her experience and expertise to offer an intellectual freedom title tailored to the school library environment. This title presents a number of scenarios in which intellectual freedom is at risk and includes

  • Case studies that provide narrative treatment of common situations tailored to your library type
  • Easy and motivating ways to prepare new hires for handling intellectual freedom issues
  • Sidebars throughout the book that offer sample policies, definitions of key terms, and analysis of important statutes and decisions
  • Detailed information on how to handle challenges to materials in your collection

  • About the Author
    Pat R. Scales is a retired middle and high school librarian whose programs have been featured on the Today Show and in various professional journals. She received the ALA/Grolier Award in 1997 and was a Library Journal Mover and Shaker. She is currently president of the Association of Library Service for Children, a division of the American Library Association. She is the author of Teaching Banned Books: Twelve Guides for Young Readers and serves as a spokesperson for first amendment issues as they relate to children and young adults. She writes a bimonthly column for School Library Journal and a monthly column for the Random House website, and she is a regular contributor to Book Links magazine.

    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 .

    “The author, Pat R, Scales, takes a practical approach with this book with clear examples, appropriate excerpts of legal statutes, descriptions of court cases, realistic case studies, and tips.”
    --ARBA Online

    "It includes sensible coverage of many of the fundamental tasks of collection management, including writing a collection development policy, managing access to restricted material, the role of reserve collections, ensuring confidentiality of library borrowing records, and the use of labels to indicate content and appropriate reader levels. While each of these topics is seen through the prism of intellectual freedom, Scales unfailingly casts light on the broader issues related to managing school library collections ... recommended to any school librarian interested in this vital area of professional practice, and particularly those who might be about to embark on the preparation of a collection development policy."
    --The Australian Library Journal

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