Protecting intellectual freedom

Contact: Jill Davis

ALA Editions

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For Immediate Release

April 28, 2009

ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, is   releasing Â
“Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your School Library” by Pat R. Scales for the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) and
“Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your Academic Library” by Barbara M. Jones for OIF. Each book is tailored to a specific library environment and presents

  • Case studies that provide narrative treatment of scenarios in which intellectual freedom is at risk
  • Easy and motivating ways to prepare new hires for handling intellectual freedom issues
  • Sidebars that offer sample policies, definitions of key terms and analysis of important statutes and decisions
  • Detailed information on how to handle challenges to materials in a collectionÂ

Scales is a retired middle and high school librarian who is currently president of the Association of Library Service for Children (ALSC), a division of the ALA. She is the author of “Teaching Banned Books: Twelve Guides for Young Readers” and serves as a spokesperson for First Amendment issues as they relate to children and young adults.

Since the 1980s, Jones has worked for intellectual freedom in a multitude of roles, most recently as the first chair of the recently created ACRL Intellectual Freedom Committee. Jones has spoken to library, general academic, legislative and community groups about the First Amendment in libraries of all types.

OIF is charged with implementing the intellectual freedom policies of the ALA through educating librarians and the public about 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. In order to meet its educational goals, the Office undertakes information, support and coordination.

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