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Intellectual Freedom Library Bill of Rights interpretations impacting school libraries

Helen Adams, an ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee member, shared this information on the AASLForum today and gave me permission to pass it along to you. Sometimes people ask why they should be members of the larger umbrella of ALA, and I want to point out that all types of librarians on the Intellectual Freedom committee, plus the members of ALA council and all divisions, seriously undertook a study of these positions and interpretations of the Library Bill of Rights as it impacts youth and school libraries. From Helen:

 

During the American Library Association Conference in Chicago in July, the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) worked on the following documents and all have relevance for school library media specialists:

 

  • Minors and Internet Interactivity: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights (new)
  • Importance of Education to Intellectual Freedom:An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights (new)
  • Access to Digital Information, Services, and Networks: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights (revised)
  • Labeling and Rating Systems: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights (revised)

All the documents were approved by ALA Council on July 15, 2009 and can be located in alphabetical order at http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/oif/statementspols/statementsif/interpretations/default.cfm.