Shannon Oltmann appointed editor of the ‘Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy’

For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/15/2018


Deborah Caldwell-Stone

Deputy Director

Office for Intellectual Freedom

American Library Association


CHICAGO - Shannon M. Oltmann, associate professor in the School of Information Science at the University of Kentucky, has been appointed editor of the Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy, effective May 7, 2018. 

Oltmann holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University, and her research interests encompass censorship, intellectual freedom, information policy, public libraries, privacy and qualitative research methods. Her work has been published in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Library Quarterly, Public Libraries Quarterly, Collection Management, Libri and Library and Information Science Research. She is writing a book tentatively titled Practicing Intellectual Freedom.

The Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy, a quarterly journal published by the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom, provides a forum for discourse on intellectual freedom and privacy issues arising in libraries, archives and educational institutions.  

The Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy welcomes submissions related to intellectual freedom and privacy, both in libraries and in the wider world. In addition to peer-reviewed research articles, it seeks to publish non-peer reviewed articles and essays, including personal accounts of censorship and intellectual freedom challenges; advice on practice, policy, and the law; opinion pieces and essays on topical issues; and book and publication reviews. Additional information is available on the journal's website.

The Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy is available by subscription for $50 per year. Individual and institutional subscriptions are available online via the ALA subscription order form

The Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy is published by the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF). OIF 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 public about the nature and importance of intellectual freedom in libraries. OIF supports the work of ALA's Intellectual Freedom Committee and its Privacy Subcommittee. For more information, visit

The School of Information Science in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky, a part of the iSchools consortium, is a unit of nearly 50 scholars, educators, staff, and advisors dedicated to the preparation and academic excellence of information professionals. The School offers a M.S. in Library Science with continuing accreditation from the American Library Associations (ALA), a School Media Certification, a M.S. in Information Communication Technology, a graduate certificate in Instructional Communication, a B.A./B.S. in Information Communication Technology, along with an online degree completion program, and an online minor in Information Studies. For more information, visit or write Harlie Collins at