Practicing Intellectual Freedom in Libraries, 1st Edition

  • Shannon M. Oltmann
  • Published By: Libraries Unlimited
  • ISBN-10: 144086313X
  • ISBN-13: 9781440863134
  • DDC: 025.2
  • 208 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released November 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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This title offers, for novices to intellectual freedom, a solid introduction to intellectual freedom, grounded theoretically and empirically; for more experienced scholars and librarians, it provides a uniquely comprehensive analysis. Intellectual freedom is important for librarians because it is a foundation of the profession and is truly central to librarianship in the United States. Situating intellectual freedom within freedom of speech theories, this book explains the legal and theoretical foundations for contemporary understandings of intellectual freedom within library science. Additionally, it depicts the importance of community to implementing intellectual freedom and exemplifies this importance in a discussion of actual library practices. Real-world scenarios provide a timely look at intellectual freedom in context, discussing internet filtering, collection development and weeding, meeting rooms and exhibit spaces, programming, and fake news and misinformation.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Conceptualizing Intellectual Freedom.
2: Intellectual Freedom and Access to Information.
3: Three Theories behind Access to Information.
4: The Freedom to Explore.
5: Core Values and Intellectual Freedom.
6: Intellectual Freedom in the Daily Lives of Libraries.
7: Intellectual Freedom in Action.
8: How to Handle Materials Challenges.
9: Collection Development and Weeding.
10: Addressing the #MeToo Movement in Literature.
11: Programs, Meeting Rooms, and Exhibit Spaces.
12: Internet Filtering.
13: Fake News, False Information, and Intellectual Freedom.
14: Law Enforcement and Intellectual Freedom.
15: Copyright Issues.
16: Intellectual Freedom Trends and Their Implications.
About the Author.