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

By Trina Magi, Martin Garnar

Accumulating a number of key records and coverage statements, this complement to the 9th variation of the Intellectual Freedom Manual strains a heritage of ALA s dedication to combating censorship. An introductory essay by means of Judith Krug and Candace Morgan, up to date through OIF Director Barbara Jones, sketches out an outline of ALA coverage on highbrow freedom. a major source, this quantity comprises files 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 issues 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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Librarians cannot guarantee that a library user will receive comprehensive content on any particular topic, especially controversial ones. The blocking algorithms are proprietary, so neither the librarian nor the user can know what is being blocked. S. law considers illegal content, filters fail to block some illegal content. At the same time, most filters use risk aversion tactics, thereby overblocking and making constitutionally protected content unavailable to library users and library staff.

S…. ”3 In 1934 the association recorded its first protest against the banning of a specific publication, You and Machines, a pamphlet by William Ogburn. Prepared for use in Civilian Conservation Corps camps under a grant from the American Council on Education, the pamphlet was denied circulation by the camps’ director, who believed it would induce a philosophy of despair and a desire to destroy existing economic and political structures. Initially, the ALA president and executive secretary wrote a joint letter to President Franklin D.

Intellectual Freedom Committee From 1940 when the IFC was established until 1967, when the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) was established, most ALA activities related to intellectual freedom were centered in the Intellectual Freedom Committee. It not only recommended policies but was also directly responsible for a variety of educational efforts, including collecting and publicizing information about censorship incidents, sponsoring censorship exhibits at conferences, conducting pre-conferences on intellectual freedom themes, and planning programs to further the association’s goals regarding intellectual freedom.

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