Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your Academic Library

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Barbara Jones uses her experience and expertise to offer an intellectual freedom title tailored to the academic 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
  • Barbara M. Jones

    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.

    Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF)

    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.

    "Enhanced throughout with sidebars offering sample polices, definitions of key terms, and analysis of important statues and decisions affecting the protections of intellectual freedom in a library environment ... Should be required reading by library board members and library staff members at all levels of responsibility."
    --The Midwest Book Review

    "A valuable guide for many librarians confronting a variety of new situations, such as experimenting with Web 2.0 tools or reshaping their academic libraries into public spaces such as learning commons."
    --Public Services Quarterly

    "It is not often that one unreservedly recommends a book for institutional acquisition or individual purchase, but Barbara Jones's Protecting Intellectual Freedom is such a book ... All types of academic libraries should purchase this book for their professional collection."
    --Internet Reference Services Quarterly

    "As we witness the social colonising of the world by acquiescing and copycat governments seeking to micro-manage the lives of their citizens, so that some mediaeval monarchs may almost seem toothless in comparison, it remains not only true that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance but that proactivity must be political. This book is therefore an excellent introduction not only to what is happening in our own libraries, but to the potential problems which we may have to face."
    --The Australian Library Journal