Free webinar showcases new Intellectual Freedom Manual

For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/05/2015


Kristin Pekoll

Assistant Director

Office for Intellectual Freedom

(312) 280-4221

CHICAGO — The new ninth edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual, published by ALA Editions, is fresh off the press. ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) will present a talk show style webinar, I.F. Live, featuring the manual's editors and contributors who will introduce the revised manual and its new and useful features for practicing librarians at 1 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

Attendees will receive a code to purchase the manual at a discounted price and one lucky person will win a free copy of the 9th edition Intellectual Freedom Manual courtesy of ALA Editions.

Have you ever wondered. . .

  • About the best way to respond when someone expresses concern about something in your collection or asks that it be removed?
  • If you’d know what to do if the police asked for library user information?
  • Whether or not you must allow anyone to use your meeting rooms?
  • How to write library policies to protect intellectual freedom?
  • If children have First Amendments rights in the school library?
  • How to handle controversy and negative publicity, and where you can get help?

This webinar will explain the manual's reorganized structure and the inclusion of specific tools to help librarians, directors, teachers, principals, trustees or students concerned with censorship and issues of access, privacy, and the First Amendment. The panel of experts answering questions will include Trina Magi, Martin Garnar, Sarah Houghton, Helen Adams, Deborah Caldwell Stone and Nanette Perez. For more details and to register, visit

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom is charged with implementing ALA policies concerning the concept of intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights, the Association’s basic policy on free access to libraries and library materials. The goal of the office is to educate librarians and the general public about the nature and importance of intellectual freedom in libraries. For more information, visit