By Trina Magi, Martin Garnar

ISBN-10: 0838913253

ISBN-13: 9780838913253

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

  • The Library invoice of Rights
  • Protecting the liberty to read
  • ALA s Code of Ethics
  • How to reply to 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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Incorporated in November 1969, the FTRF was ALA’s response to librarians who increasingly wanted defense machinery to protect their jobs from jeopardy when they undertook to challenge violations of intellectual freedom. Another primary objective in establishing the foundation was to have a means through which librarians and other concerned individuals and groups could begin to set legal precedents for the freedom to read. The foundation was created outside the structure of ALA, and to ensure its full freedom to act with vigor in the legal arena, it remains legally and financially independent.

Initially, the ALA president and executive secretary wrote a joint letter to President Franklin D. ”4 Later the board discussed the banning further and appointed a committee to draft another letter for approval by the ALA Council. S. ”5 These examples illustrate the association’s wavering position and reflect the ambivalent attitude of the profession as a whole regarding censorship. A review of library literature reveals relatively few articles on intellectual freedom prior to the 1930s, and many of the articles that did appear supported censorship and quibbled only over the degree and nature of it.

Through the provision of financial and legal assistance, the foundation attempts to negate the necessity for librarians to make the difficult choice between practical expediency (that is, keeping a job) and upholding principles, such as in selecting materials for library collections. Through its various projects and grants, the foundation hopes to establish those principles enunciated in the Library Bill of Rights as legal precedents rather than mere paper policies. At the same time, FTRF has become more proactive in the arena of intellectual freedom education.

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