A History of ALA Policy on Intellectual Freedom: A by Trina Magi, Martin Garnar

By Trina Magi, Martin Garnar

Amassing a number of key records and coverage statements, this complement to the 9th variation of the Intellectual Freedom Manual strains a background of ALA s dedication to combating censorship. An introductory essay by means of Judith Krug and Candace Morgan, up to date by means of OIF Director Barbara Jones, sketches out an summary of ALA coverage on highbrow freedom. an enormous source, this quantity comprises records which debate such foundational concerns as

  • The Library invoice of Rights
  • Protecting the liberty to read
  • ALA s Code of Ethics
  • How to answer demanding situations and matters approximately library resources
  • Minors and web activity
  • Meeting rooms, bulletin forums, and exhibits
  • Copyright
  • Privacy, together with the retention of library utilization records

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For example, it responds to e-mail, telephone, and written requests for assistance with challenges to library resources or services, and has played a major role in helping librarians develop successful strategies to fight challenges. The OIF also coordinates the Intellectual Freedom Committee’s relations with other organizations having similar concerns. These include the intellectual freedom committees of the ALA divisions and the state library associations’ intellectual freedom committees. Close contact with nonlibrary organizations—such as the Association of American Publishers, the American Booksellers Association, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Free Expression Network, the Media Coalition, and the National Coalition against Censorship—is also maintained.

Two provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act posed a dramatic challenge to privacy and confidentiality in the library. Under Section 215, the FBI can use an order issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to demand “any tangible thing”—including circulation records, Internet sign-up sheets, computer hard drives and servers, or databases—believed to be “relevant” to an authorized investigation. Under Section 505, the FBI may use National Security Letters (NSLs)—administrative subpoenas that receive no judicial review—to demand information.

Krug and Candace D. Morgan; updated by Barbara M. Jones Part II: Essays on the History of Core Intellectual Freedom Documents 2 Library Bill of Rights 3 Code of Ethics of the American Library Association 4 The Freedom to Read 5 Libraries: An American Value Part III: Essays on the History of Interpretations, Guidelines, and Other Statements 6 Interpretations of the Library Bill of Rights and Code of Ethics of the American Library Association 7 Access to Digital Information, Services, and Networks 8 Access to Library Resources and Services for Minors 9 Access to Library Resources and Services Regardless of Sex, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, or Sexual Orientation 10 Access to Resources and Services in the School Library 11 Advocating for Intellectual Freedom 12 Challenged Resources 13 Copyright 14 Creating Policy for Your Library—User Behavior and Library Use 15 Diversity in Collection Development 16 Economic Barriers to Information Access 17 Evaluating Library Collections 18 Exhibit Spaces and Bulletin Boards 19 Expurgation of Library Resources 20 Guidelines for the Development and Implementation of Policies, Regulations, and Procedures Affecting Access to Library Resources, Services, and Facilities 21 How to Respond to Challenges and Concerns about Library Resources 22 Intellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries 23 Labeling and Rating Systems 24 Library-Initiated Programs as a Resource 25 Meeting Rooms 26 Minors and Internet Activity 27 Policy on Governmental Intimidation 28 Prisoners’ Right to Read 29 Privacy 30 Resolution on the Retention of Library Usage Records 31 Resolution on Workplace Speech 32 Restricted Access to Library Materials 33 RFID in Libraries—Privacy and Confidentiality Guidelines 34 Services to Persons with Disabilities 35 The Universal Right to Free Expression Subject Index to Essays Index Introduction and User’s Guide This book is a companion volume to the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Manual, ninth edition.

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