Pat R. Scales is a retired middle and high school librarian in Greenville, SC. She has also served as adjunct instructor of children’s and young adult literature at Furman University, and has been a guest lecturer at universities across the nation. A First Amendment advocate, she is a former chair of ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee, and serves on the Board of Advisors of the National Coalition against Censorship. She is a past president of the Association of Library Service to Children, and in 2011 received the Distinguished Service Award. She chaired the 1992 Newbery Award Committee, the 2003 Caldecott Award Committee, and the 2001 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Committee. She writes for Book Links magazine and writes a bi-monthly column “Scales on Censorship” for School Library Journal. She is the author of Teaching Banned Books: 12 Guides for Young Readers; Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your School Library; Books under Fire: A Hit List of Banned and Challenged Children’s Books; Defending Frequently Challenged Young Adult Books; and Encourage Reading from the Start.
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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
"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."
"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