The eighth edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual

For Immediate Release
Tue, 07/20/2010


Rob Christopher

CHICAGOALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the release of the " Intellectual Freedom Manual, Eighth Edition," edited by the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF). Updated for the first time since 2005, this indispensable volume includes revised interpretations of the Library Bill of Rights along with key intellectual freedom guidelines and policies, including:

  • a new chapter, “Interactivity and the Internet,” and other fresh material on intellectual freedom and privacy in online social networks;
  • an examination of intellectual freedom for disabled library patrons;
  • coverage of the latest USA PATRIOT Act debates and extensions.

Established Dec. 1, 1967, OIF is charged with implementing the intellectual freedom policies of the American Library Association by educating librarians and the public about the concept of intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights and 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 activities.

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