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Libraries, access and intellectual freedom : developing policies for public and academic libraries
Jones, Barbara M. (Barbara Minette), 1946-
Publication Information:
Chicago : American Library Association, 1999.
Physical Description:
xviii, 266 pages ; 23 cm
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Z711.4 .J66 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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What one person considers enlightening and informative, another may find offensive; librarians are often caught in the middle. How does one balance community dynamics with national perspectives and political realities? This book attempts to answer this question.

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Booklist Review

A former chair of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee focuses on developing intellectual freedom policies. She discusses how libraries fit in the legal concept of the public forum, especially the limited public forum, then reviews intellectual freedom in the public forum. About half the book covers developing, preparing, and implementing intellectual freedom policies; and relevant policy statements from the ALA and other organizations are included.

Library Journal Review

If any librarians out there think our jobs are easy, they haven't had to come to grips with Internet access in their libraries. This book will help. It will also help everyone else who is grappling with intellectual freedom policies already in place. Jones, who has extensive American Library Association (ALA) experience with intellectual freedom issues as well as a Ph.D. focusing on U.S. legal history, has written a concise, practical manual covering areas of vital importance to librarians in a clear and readable style. She succinctly delineates core information on which library policy must be anchored: the legal backbone on which intellectual freedom principles in this country rest and the professional principles established by librarians via ALA. Among the issues Jones discusses are the right to privacy, sexually explicit materials, the Internet, and the effects of state and federal laws on library policymaking. Coupled with ALA's Intellectual Freedom Manual, 5th ed. (Professional Media, LJ 6/1/96), this is a must buy for academic and public librarians who are developing and implementing policy.--Dolores Maminski, Frederick Cty. P.L., MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.