Intellectual Freedom Manual

Using a topical arrangement with easy-to-read summaries to help readers find information quickly, this manual offers valuable support to library workers as they continue the important work of safeguarding intellectual freedom.

The newest edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual is more than simply an update of a foundational text that has served as a crucial resource for more than four decades. It is a living document that serves as the authoritative reference for day-to-day guidance on maintaining free and equal access to information for all people. Whether you’re developing or revising policies, on-boarding new staff or trustees, responding to challenges and controversies, or studying librarianship, you’ll find this an indispensable resource, with features such as

  • ALA policy statements, approved by committees and Council, articulating core intellectual freedom principles and best practices;
  • 8 new interpretations of the Library Bill of Rights, which address urgent issues like internet filtering, public performances, political activity, religion, and equity, diversity, and inclusion;
  • “Issues at a Glance” sidebars which present key concepts, points of law, tips, and questions for reflection;
  • expanded content about developing library policies that support intellectual freedom;
  • updated information on censorship of library programs, displays, and databases;
  • “Advocacy and Assistance,” a section offering concrete guidance when you’re called on to talk to the media or meet with legislators;
  • Deeper Look essays which examine the laws related to library operations;
  • advice on when to call the police, when not to, and how to handle personally identifiable information when they arrive; and
  • an expanded glossary.[…]

Author: 21st Century Library & Information Technology Network [Information & Knowledge Dissemination Platform By Mulugeta Woldetsadik, Librarian/Information Professional at Hawassa University, Ethiopia]

Mulugeta Woldetsadik, Librarian/Information Professional @ Hawassa University, , Sidama Region, Ethiopia

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