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How to Respond to a Challenge
Intellectual Freedom: Meeting the Challenge (MSLA)
Includes guidelines for school librarians in Massachusetts to take before a challenge and steps to follow to respond to a challenge
How to Respond to Challenges and Concerns about Library Resources (ALA)
Includes guidance how to respond to informal complaints and expressions of concern
Challenge Support (ALA)
Includes personal support available during a reconsideration process and Guiding Documents to Safeguard Intellectual Freedom and Prepare your Library, School or College Against Censorship
Challenge Reporting (ALA)
"Reporting censorship and challenges to materials, resources, and services is vital to developing the best resources to defend library resources and to protect against challenges before they happen."
Office for Intellectual Freedom (ALA)
Provides confidential support to anyone undergoing a material or service challenge and free consulting services to help you prepare for censorship and implement vital intellectual freedom best practices within your library or school
Reconsideration of Instructional Resources (Massachusetts Association of School Committee )
"In accordance with the statement of philosophy, no questioned materials shall be removed from the school pending a final decision. Pending the outcome of the request for reconsideration, however, access to questioned materials can be restricted for the students of the families making the complaint, if they so desire. All concerns regarding any instructional materials should be raised with the relevant teacher and their principal (elementary or middle school) or department head (high school). The principal/department head will make a determination as to whether the material should be removed. The decision may be appealed, first to the principal, then the superintendent."
Intellectual Freedom Issues and Resources (American Library Association)
Learn about the First Amendment and Censorship; Access to Library Resources and Services; Filters and Filtering; Academic Freedom; Meeting Rooms, Exhibit Spaces, and Programs; Schools and Minor's Rights
Library Bill of Rights (ALA)
"The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services."
Freedom to Read Foundation
"FTRF protects and defends the First Amendment to the Constitution and supports the right of libraries to collect - and individuals to access - information."
Collection Development & Reconsideration Policies
Make sure to regularly update your collection development and reconsideration policies.
Laws Related to Intellectual Freedom
Intellectual Freedom Manual by
Publication Date: 2021-01-04
Intellectual Freedom Stories from a Shifting Landscape by
Publication Date: 2020-03-25
Foundations of Intellectual Freedom by
Publication Date: 2022-11-07
Request materials from the Massachusetts Library System's Professional Collection
Get involved and Fight Censorship!
Consider local and national opportunities to promote intellectual freedom in libraries!