Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your School Library

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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
  • Pat R. Scales

    Pat R. Scales is a 1966 graduate of the University of Montevallo (AL), and received a MLS from George Peabody College for Teachers of Vanderbilt University in 1972. She served as librarian at Greenville Middle School for 26 years and was the first Director of Library Services at the South Carolina Governors School for the Arts and Humanities. She taught children’s and young adult literature for 27 years at Furman University, and has taught special topics courses at the University of Texas, Louisiana State University, Drexel University, and University of South Carolina. She is a past President of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, and has served as chair of the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, and Wilder Award Committees. Scales has been actively involved with ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee for a number of years, and served two terms as chair. She is a member of the Freedom to Read Foundation, serves on the Council of Advisers of the National Coalition Against Censorship, and acts as a spokesperson for first amendment issues as they relate to children and young adults. Her books include Teaching Banned Books: Twelve 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 Scales on Censorship: Real Life Lessons from School Library Journal. She writes a bimonthly column, “Scales on Censorship,” for School Library Journal, curriculum guides on children’s and young adult books for a number of publishers, and is a regular contributor to Book Links magazine.

    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.

    "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