Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your Public Library

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Winner of the the 2014 Eli M. Oboler Award

There is arguably no arena more contentious in the battle over intellectual freedom (IF) than the public library. When confronted with challenges like censorship and policy disputes, public librarians and paraprofessionals need reliable how-to guidance, and Pinnell-Stephens offers exactly that in this valuable resource. Chock-full of case studies, real-life examples, and hypothetical scenarios, this book provides

  • An easy and thoroughly engaging way to introduce new employees to basic IF concepts
  • Incisive analysis of how IF plays out in the world of public libraries
  • Practical advice on how to effectively handle intellectual freedom challenges
  • Numerous sidebars, written by IF expert Deborah Caldwell-Stone, detailing copyright laws, statutes, past court cases, and sample policies

A concise summary of what's at stake and how to react, Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your Public Library will prepare public library personnel to face the issues at hand.

Author's Note

1 Collection Development
2 Access to Library Resources
3 Internet Resources
4 Not the Collection: Meeting Rooms, Exhibits, and Programs
5 Challenges
6 Privacy and Confidentiality
7 Access to the Library: Library Management

Appendix A: Amendments to the Constitution of the United States
Appendix B: The Library Bill of Rights and Interpretations
Appendix C: Code of Ethics of the American Library Association
Appendix D: The Freedom to Read Statement


June Pinnell-Stephens

June Pinnell-Stephens recently retired as collection services manager at the Fairbanks (Alaska) North Star Borough Public Library. A graduate of Pomona College (BA) and the University of Washington (MLS), she is a past president of the Alaska and Pacific Northwest library associations, was elected to the ALA Executive Board, and served four terms as president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska, where she remains on the Board of Directors. She was awarded the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award from the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science in 2003 and the Roll of Honor Award from the Freedom to Read Foundation in 2004.

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.