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Intellectual Freedom Statements and Policies

ALA's Keystone Intellectual Freedom Documents

| Library Bill of Rights | Interpretations of the Library Bill of Rights | Code of Ethics | Freedom to Read Statement | Libraries: An American Value |

ALA's Intellectual Freedom Documents Arranged by Subjects

| Academic Freedom | Access | Basic Intellectual Freedom Policies | Behavior | Biometrics | Bulletin Boards | Challenges | Children | Collection Development | Destruction of Libraries | Diversity | Economic Barriers | Ethics | Evaluating Library Collections | Exhibit Spaces and Bulletin Boards | Expurgation of Library Materials | Filters | Gender Identity | Government Information | Governmental Intimidation | Internet | Labels | Law Enforcement Requests | Library Resources | Library Staff | Media Diversity | Meeting Rooms | Minors | Online Social Networks | National Security Letters | Personally Identifiable Information | Privacy and Confidentiality | Public Forum | Radio Frequency Identification Systems (RFID) | Rating Systems | Resolutions | School Libraries | Sexual Orientation | Torture | USA PATRIOT Act | Usage | User Behavior | Workplace Speech | Young People |

Academic Freedom

Academic Freedom

Intellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries

Resolution in Support of Academic Freedom

Access

Access for Children and Young Adults to Nonprint Materials

Access to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks

Access to Library Resources and Services Regardless of Sex, Gender Identity, or Sexual Orientation

Access to Resources and Services in the School Library Media Program

Economic Barriers to Information Access

Free Access to Libraries for Minors

Guidelines for the Development and Implementation of Policies, Regulations and Procedures Affecting Access to Library Materials, Services and Facilities

Resolution on Access to the Use of Libraries and Information by Individuals with Physical or Mental Impairment

Restricted Access to Library Materials

Basic Intellectual Freedom Policies

Library Bill of Rights 

Declaración de los Derechos de las Bibliotecas

Interpretations of the Library Bill of Rights

The Freedom to Read Statement

Freedom to View Statement

Libraries: An American Value

The Universal Right to Free Expression

See also Other Policies and GuidelinesIF ResolutionsDealing with Challenges to Books and Other Library MaterialsIntellectual Freedom IssuesFirst Amendment, and Intellectual Freedom Basics; see also The Glasgow Declaration on Libraries, Information Services and Intellectual Freedom; see also Universal Declaration of Human RightsHere you will find the most comprehensive collection of translations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Behavior

Guidelines for the Development of Policies and Procedures regarding User Behavior and Library Usage

Resolution on the Retention of Library Usage Records

Biometrics

Biometrics

Challenges

Challenged Materials

Conducting a Challenge Hearing

Coping with Challenges: Kids and Libraries

Coping with Challenges: Strategies and Tips for Dealing with Challenges to Library Materials

Dealing with Challenges to Graphic Novels

Dealing with Concerns about Library Resources

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Tool Kit

Workbook for Selection Policy Writing

See also Challenge Support; see also Dealing with Challenges to Books and Other Library Materials, Reporting a Challenge, Access, and Intellectual Freedom Basics

Collection Development

Diversity in Collection Development

Destruction of Libraries

Destruction of Libraries

Diversity

Diversity in Collection Development

Economic Barriers

Economic Barriers to Information Access

Library Services for the Poor

Ethics

Code of Ethics

El Codigo de Etica de la Asociacion de Bibliotecas de los Estados Unidos

Evaluating Library Collections

Evaluating Library Collections 

Exhibit Spaces and Bulletin Boards

Exhibit Spaces and Bulletin Boards

Expurgation of Library Materials

Expurgation of Library Materials

Government Information

Resolution for Guidelines on Sensitive Information

Resolution on Access to and Ownership of Government Information

Resolution on Security and Access to Government Information

Governmental Intimidation

Policy on Governmental Intimidation

Internet

Access to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks

ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee Statement on Library Use of Filtering Software

Children's Internet Protection Act

Especially for Young People and Their Parents

Guidelines and Considerations for Developing a Public Library Internet Use Policy

Resolution on the Use of Filtering Software in Libraries

See also Filters and Filtering; see also Lester Asheim in Cyberspace; see also Intellectual Freedom Issues; see also Libraries and the Internet Toolkit; see also Online Social Networks; see also Principles for the Networked World (PDF)

Labels and Rating Systems

Labels and Rating Systems

Questions and Answers on Labels and Rating Systems

Law Enforcement Requests

Confidentiality and Coping with Law Enforcement Inquiries: Guidelines for the Library and its Staff

Gotham City Public Library Model Staff Directive 1.5

Gotham City Public Library Model Policy 1.1

Library Resources

Access for Children and Young Adults to Nonprint Materials

Challenged Materials

Checklist & Ideas for Library Staff Working with Community Leaders

Conducting a Challenge Hearing

Coping with Challenges: Kids and Libraries

Coping with Challenges: Strategies and Tips for Dealing with Challenges to Library Materials

Dealing with Concerns about Library Resources

Guidelines for Developing a Library Privacy Policy

Library-Initiated Programs as a Resource

Workbook for Selection Policy Writing

See also Challenge Support; see also Intellectual Freedom Issues

Library Staff

Checklist & Ideas for Library Staff Working with Community Leaders

Conducting a Challenge Hearing

Confidentiality and Coping with Law Enforcement Inquiries: Guidelines for the Library and its Staff

Gotham City Public Library Model Staff Directive 1.5

Gotham City Public Library Model Policy 1.1

Questions & Answers on Librarian Speech in the Workplace

See also Code of Ethics see also Outsourcing and Privatization in Libraries

Media Diversity

Fostering Media Diversity in Libraries: Strategies and Actions (PDF; June 2007)

Resolution on New Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Rules and Media Concentration

Meeting Rooms

Meeting Rooms 

Minors

Access for Children and Young Adults to Nonprint Materials

Especially for Young People and Their Parents

Free Access to Libraries for Minors

See also Minors' Rights to Receive Information Under the First Amendment; see also Intellectual Freedom Issues; see also Intellectual Freedom for Young People

National Security Letters

Resolution on the Use and Abuse of National Security Letters

Online Social Networks

ALA's Social Networking Wiki

Online Social Networks

Resolution in Support of Online Social Networks

See also Minors' Rights to Receive Information Under the First Amendment; see also Internet; see also Intellectual Freedom Issues; see also Intellectual Freedom for Young People; Background Information on Online Social Networks and Interactive Web Applications

Privacy and Confidentiality

Developing a Confidentiality Policy [from ALA, Intellectual Freedom Manual, 6th edition, (Chicago, IL: American Library Association, Office for Intellectual Freedom 2002: 347-355.)]

Gotham City Public Library Model Staff Directive 1.5

Gotham City Public Library Model Policy 1.1

Guidelines for Developing a Library Privacy Policy

Privacy: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights

Policy Concerning Confidentiality of Personally Identifiable Information about Library Users

Policy on Confidentiality of Library Records

Resolution on Privacy and Standardized Driver's Licenses and Personal Identification Cards

Resolution on the Retention of Library Usage Records

Resolution on the Terrorism Information Awareness Program

RFID in Libraries: Privacy and Confidentiality Guidelines

See also Privacy and Confidentiality; see also Intellectual Freedom Issues and State Privacy Laws regarding Library Records; see also Privacy Tool Kit; see also Privacy Audit.

Public Forum

‘The Third Circuit held that public libraries are designated or limited public fora.’ “Public Libraries as Limited Public Fora for Access to Information” by Anne Levinson Penway, Intellectual Freedom Manual Sixth Edition, October 2001, pp. 323–328. See also Public Forum.

Radio Frequency Identification Systems (RFID)

Resolution on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology and Privacy Principles

RFID in Libraries: Privacy and Confidentiality Guidelines

See also Privacy and Confidentiality; see also Radio Frequency Identification Chips and Systems; see also Privacy Tool Kit

Resolutions

A Resolution against Torture as a Violation of the American Library Association's Basic Values

Resolution for Guidelines on Sensitive Information

Resolution Reaffirming the Principles of Intellectual Freedom in the Aftermath of Terrorist Attacks

Resolution on Access to and Ownership of Government Information

Resolution on Access to the Use of Libraries and Information by Individuals with Physical or Mental Impairment

Resolution on New Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Rules and Media Concentration

Resolution on Privacy and Standardized Driver's Licenses and Personal Identification Cards

Resolution on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology and Privacy Principles

Resolution on Security and Access to Government Information

Resolution on the Retention of Library Usage Records

Resolution on the Terrorism Information Awareness Program

Resolution on the USA Patriot Act and Related Measures That Infringe on the Rights of Library Users

Resolution on the Use of Filtering Software in Libraries

Resolution Reaffirming the Principles of Intellectual Freedom in the Aftermath of Terrorist Attacks

See also Other Policies and GuidelinesIF ResolutionsDealing with Challenges to Books and Other Library MaterialsIntellectual Freedom IssuesFirst Amendment, and Intellectual Freedom Basics.

School Libraries

Access to Resources and Services in the School Library Media Program

Sex, Gender Identity, or Sexual Orientation

Access to Library Resources and Services Regardless of Sex, Gender Identity, or Sexual Orientation

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Tool Kit

Resolution on Threats to Library Materials Related to Sex, Gender Identity, or Sexual Orientation

Torture

A Resolution against Torture as a Violation of the American Library Association's Basic Values

USA Patriot Act

Resolution on the USA PATRIOT Act and Libraries

Resolution on the USA PATRIOT Act and Related Measures That Infringe on the Rights of Library Users

Resolution Reaffirming the Principles of Intellectual Freedom in the Aftermath of Terrorist Attacks

Resolution on Proposed Amendments to the USA PATRIOT Act

Resolution on the USA PATRIOT Act Reauthorization

See also USA PATRIOT Act; see also Intellectual Freedom Issues

Usage

Resolution on the Retention of Library Usage Records

Workplace Speech

Questions & Answers on Librarian Speech in the Workplace

Resolution on Workplace Speech 


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