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Ensuring Intellectual Freedom and Access to Information in the School Library Media Program

Ensuring Intellectual Freedom and Access to Information in the School Library Media Program

by Helen R. Adams


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Over two-thirds of all challenges to books and other resources reported to the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom occur in schools. This book explores intellectual freedom issues in school library media programs including selection of resources and materials selection policies, challenges and censorship, students' freedom to read, patron privacy and confidentiality of library records, the blocking of Internet resources, access to the school library media center, its resources, and services for students with special needs, and advocacy for minors' First Amendment rights in school library media programs. Throughout the text, practicing public school and private school library media specialists at different grade levels candidly share their stories and observations on how intellectual freedom principles and ALA policy statements apply to real life situations. Attorney Mary Minow provides vital information about the impact of the First Amendment, federal and state law, and court decisions on minors using libraries in schools. Whether a library media specialist in the field or a student in a graduate or undergraduate library and information studies program, readers will find both practical information and advice to complement the concepts found in the American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Manual. Print and Web resources are included.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591585398
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/30/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Helen R. Adams is a former Wisconsin school library media specialist and technology coordinator and currently teaches an online course on intellectual freedom issues for Mansfield University of Pennsylviania. She is past president of the AASL and has previously published books on school library media program policy development and privacy with Libraries Unlimited.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Dr. Dianne McAfee Hopkins



Chapter 1: What Is Intellectual Freedom in a School Library Media Program?

Chapter 2: The First Amendment in School Library Media Programs

Chapter 3: Selection of School Library Media Program Resources

Chapter 4: "The Right to Read"

Chapter 5: Privacy in the School Library Media Program

Chapter 6: Challenges to School Library Media Program Resources

Chapter 7: Intellectual Freedom and the Internet in Schools

Chapter 8: Access to the Library Media Program for Students with Disabilities

Chapter 9: Advocacy for Intellectual Freedom: Building Common Ground

Appendix A: Core Intellectual Freedom Documents from the American Library Association

Appendix B: Pro-First Amendment Organizations

Appendix C: Three Authors Speak about Censorship

Appendix D: Right to Read Lesson Plans

What People are Saying About This

Leonard KniffelEditor in chief

"A magnificent achievement, Helen Adams' Ensuring Intellectual Freedom and Access to Information in the School Library Media Program should be required reading for every library science student. The analysis of the First Amendment and its application to minors [co-written with lawyer Mary Minow] is as clear and well-written an interpretation of the law as I've ever read."

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