Intellectual Freedom & The Law
Laura Salmons / firstname.lastname@example.org
Know Your Role
Laws, Policies, & Guidelines That Affect Intellectual Freedom:
- Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), effective in 2001, states that any schools accepting discounted internet services through the e-rate program or funding from the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA), must install or establish technology protection measures.
- USA Patriot Act, effective in 2006, intended to help in the fight against terrorism by allowing more intrusive government access, but some feel that aspects of the act threaten confidentiality.
- Library Bill of Rights, adopted in 1939, provides a list of policies intended to serve as a guide to library services.
- Intellectual Freedom Manual, intended as a reference for librarians who are confronted with library issues relating to intellectual freedom.
- YOUR DISTRICT'S COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY
Photo Credit: Dayton Metro Library-East Branch
Lukenbill, W. Bernard & Lukenbill, James F. Censorship: What do School Library Specialists Really Know? A Consideration of Student's Rights, the Law and Implications for a New Education Paradigm. School Library Media Research. Vol. 10, 2007
Hopkins, Dianne McAfee. School Library Media Centers and Intellectual Freedom. ALA.
Explains the importance of establishing a detailed collection development policy and library procedures to promote intellectual literacy. Challenges to materials and reasons why people challenge items are highlighted. The role of the library media specialist in regard to intellectual freedom is outlined. Interpretations of the Library Bill of Rights on several issues is provided at the bottom of the page.
Adams, Helen R. Intellectual Freedom Online. AASL.
Discusses minor students' online rights and how CIPA affects those rights.