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Intellectual freedom for teens : a practical guide for young adults and school librarians
Fletcher-Spear, Kristin, editor.
Publication Information:
Chicago : ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2014.
Physical Description:
xii, 132 pages ; 23 cm
The authors in this collection take an issue-oriented approach toward intellectual freedom for teenagers. To serve the young adult audience, librarians need to be politically savvy about intellectual freedom issues, conversant in social media and networking, and prepared with a materials selection policy and procedures for challenges.
General Note:
"A YALSA publication."
Introduction / Intellectual freedom and young adult librarianship : an overview -- Before a challenge occurs: how to prepare yourself and your staff / What to do when a challenge happens to you / Intellectual freedom : programming and marketing / Access in the digital world / Appendixes: Appendix A. Most challenged YA books, 2006-2011; Appendix B. The value of young adult literature; Appendix C. YALSA's competencies for librarians serving youth : young adults deserve the best; Appendix D. Current research related to young adult services, 2006-2009 : a supplement compiled by the YALSA Research Committee; Appendix E. American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights.
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Z718.5 .I58 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Year after year a majority of the titles on ALA's Banned Books list, which compiles titles threatened with censorship, are either YA books or adult booka that are frequently read by teens. It's important for YA librarians to understand the types of challenges occurring in libraries around the nation and to be ready to deal with such challenges when they occur. The Young Adult Library Services (YALSA) has tailored this book specifically for these situations, providing much-needed guidance on the highly charged topic of intellectual freedom for teens. Among the issues addressed are *How to prepare yourself and your staff for potential challenges by developing a thoughtful selection policy and response plan *Resources for help when a challenge occurs *The art of crafting a defense for a challenged book, and pointers for effectively disseminating your response through the press and social media *The latest on intellectual freedom in the digital realm, including an examination of library technology

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School Library Journal Review

What is intellectual freedom? How should librarians handle access to information involving young adults? What do you do when library materials are challenged? Does intellectual freedom include Internet access and materials? These are just a few of the questions and scenarios that are clearly and concisely addressed within this incredibly useful publication. Professional librarians, educators, library staff, and anyone who works with the young adult community will benefit from the information presented here. The editors have organized the content in a manner that makes it accessible and useful for those new to the profession as well as "old hats." VERDICT An excellent addition to any professional collection and a must-read for those new to librarianship.-Elizabeth Speer, Cisco College, TX (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.