A History of ALA Policy on Intellectual Freedom: A by Trina Magi, Martin Garnar

By Trina Magi, Martin Garnar

Gathering numerous key records and coverage statements, this complement to the 9th version of the Intellectual Freedom Manual strains a heritage of ALA s dedication to battling censorship. An introductory essay through Judith Krug and Candace Morgan, up to date by way of OIF Director Barbara Jones, sketches out an summary of ALA coverage on highbrow freedom. an incredible source, this quantity contains files which debate such foundational matters as

  • The Library invoice of Rights
  • Protecting the liberty to read
  • ALA s Code of Ethics
  • How to answer demanding situations and matters approximately library resources
  • Minors and web activity
  • Meeting rooms, bulletin forums, and exhibits
  • Copyright
  • Privacy, together with the retention of library utilization records

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Accordingly, the following agencies within or closely affiliated with ALA encourage and protect the librarian’s commitment to the principles of intellectual freedom. Committee on Professional Ethics The first historical reference to an ALA committee charged with developing a code of ethics was in 1928; the Committee on Professional Ethics became an ALA Council standing committee in 1975. Every ethics code developed by ALA has recognized the importance of intellectual freedom principles. ” Subsequent revisions of the code have made librarians’ responsibilities with regard to intellectual freedom increasingly explicit.

Nonvoting liaisons to the committee are appointed by other ALA units. In addition to recommending amendments to the code when it deems it necessary, the committee augments the Code of Ethics by explanatory interpretations and additional statements, prepared by the committee or elicited from other units of ALA, and reviews and approves proposed statements on ethical issues before adoption by the originating units or committees to ensure consistency with the Code of Ethics. In 2014 the committee responded to requests for guidance on copyright from an ethical perspective by issuing its first interpretation of the Code of Ethics on the topic.

In June 1971 the group presented the Program of Action for Mediation, Arbitration, and Inquiry to the ALA Council, which adopted it and rescinded the first Program of Action. The new Program of Action established the Staff Committee on Mediation, Arbitration, and Inquiry (SCMAI), which functioned somewhat as the IFC had under the old document. In addition to intellectual freedom problems, however, the new committee handled cases involving tenure, professional status, fair employment practices, ethical practices, and due process as set forth in ALA policies.

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