Intellectual Freedom and Libraries
Epathfinder: Intellectual Freedom and Libraries
Intellectual freedom is the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction. It provides for free access to all expressions of ideas through which any and all sides of a question, cause or movement may be explored.
Intellectual freedom is the basis for our democratic system. We expect our people to be self-governors. But to do so responsibly, our citizenry must be well-informed. Libraries provide the ideas and information, in a variety of formats, to allow people to inform themselves.
Intellectual freedom encompasses the freedom to hold, receive and disseminate ideas.
-ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom
Scope: This pathfinder is a guide for library users and employees who are concerned with the right to intellectual freedom within public and academic libraries, and the constraints placed upon that right.
American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom
Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Electronic Privacy Information Center’s USAPatriot Act site. Includes news, history, and analysis of USAPatriot Act. Includes full text of the act.
The Freedom Forum. A nonpartisan foundation dedicated to free press, free speech, and free spirit for all people.
http://www.ifla.org/faife/ifstat/ifstat.htmInternational Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. Intellectual freedom statements from IFLA and library associations of nine nations.
Compilation of court cases, legislation, and articles dealing with intellectual freedom and libraries.
National Coalition Against Censorship.
IFLA World report: Libraries and Intellectual Freedom. Copenhagen, Denmark: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, 2001.
Intellectual Freedom Manual. Chicago: American Library Association, 2002.
Jones, Barbara M. Libraries, Access, and Intellectual Freedom: Developing Policies for Public and Academic Libraries. Chicago: ALA Publications, 1999.
Symons, Ann K. Speaking Out: Voices in Celebration of Intellectual Freedom. Chicago: American Library Association, 1999.