Intellectual Freedom Syllabi

United States and Canadian Library Schools

Rutgers University: Censorship, the Internet, Intellectual Freedom, and Youth

State University of New York at Buffalo: “An investigation into the ideal of freedom as it relates to human thought and communication and the effect on library and information resources and services. The effects of censorship, pressure-tactics, cultural pluralism, personal bias of the professional practitioner, the ‘ism’ problem, and the very utilization of the physical location for library and information are examined for the effect on equal access to materials. Professional librarian and information specialist concerns are examined and practical applications of principles are discussed in problem solving sessions.”

University of Alberta: “Examines the central concepts of intellectual freedom and social responsibility and the range of related issues impacting different types of libraries.”

University of North Carolina at Greensboro: “The course will address a range of issues dealing with intellectual freedom and libraries. The first section will examine the historical background and foundations of the concept of intellectual freedom in the United States, followed by a segment that looks at the question of the ownership of information. Traditional issues of censorship and pornography will be studied in depth. The problems surrounding of intellectual property, especially in the changing electronic environment will be considered in another section. Finally, access and privacy concerns will be approached in both their traditional and electronic format aspects. Ethical and legal frameworks will be used to consider the classic dilemma of democracy: that of where the individual's rights conflict with society as a whole.”

University of Rhode Island: “LSC 513 Intellectual Freedom and Censorship (I or II, 3) Historical development andcurrent status of the concept of intellectual freedom and the restraints that past and present societies have imposed on it. Special attention given to the librarian’s role in defense of intellectual freedom.”

University of Washington: “Analysis of issues related to intellectual freedom with particular attention to implications for libraries and librarians. Includes consideration of the current legal climate, conformity vs. freedom in the modern world, the librarian as censor, social responsibility and individual freedom, the intellectual freedom of children, prospects for the future.”