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Laws relating to Intellectual Freedom
Library employment is a defense against harmful to minors charges
It shall also be a defense in any prosecution under this section if the evidence proves that the defendant was a bona fide school, museum or library, or was acting in the course of his employment as an employee of such organization or of a retail outlet affiliated with and serving the educational purpose of such organization.
Confidentiality of library information
That part of the records of a public library which reveals the identity and intellectual pursuits of a person using such library shall not be a public record as defined by clause Twenty-sixth of section seven of chapter four.
Resources from the MLS Professional Collection
Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your School Library by
Call Number: RCO 025.213
Publication Date: 2009-02-01
Available for loan to members of the MA Library System. Learn how.
Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your Academic Library by
Call Number: RCO 027.7
Publication Date: 2009-03-01
Intellectual Freedom in the News
Brains in Their Heads: Introduction to Intellectual Freedom in Libraries
Powerpoint presentation for MLS workshop led by Carolyn Noah.
This presentation was updated on 5/8/12.
Resources from the American Library Association
Library Bill of Rights
The primary document underpinning intellectual freedom in libraries.
Intellectual Freedom Toolkits
Includes toolkit on issues such as the Internet in Libraries; Outsourcing and Privacy; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Rights
Banned Books Week
Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.
Choose Privacy Week
The American Library Association rallies citizens to choose privacy. Privacy week is held annually in May.
Quotations on Intellectual Freedom
Need the support of a good quotation on the First Amendment, Freedom to Read or censorship? ALA provides a good start.
Historian David McCullough on Intellectual Freedom
Library Policies in Support of Intellectual Freedom
Sample policies in the MA Library Policy Collection:
Consider local and national opportunities to be involved in promoting intellectual freedom in libraries!