Intellectual Freedom: Meeting the Challenge
Intellectual Freedom Resources: Fall 2022
What is Intellectual Freedom?
"Intellectual freedom is the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction. It provides for free access to all expressions of ideas through which any and all sides of a question, cause or movement may be explored." ~American Library Association
Guidelines for Meeting the Challenge
Proactive guidelines for establishing and maintaining a strong library program and collection. Includes ideas to help the librarian build allies and deflect potential challenges should they arise.
PROACTIVE Steps to Take BEFORE a Challenge; Does your program have:
Materials Selection Policy, approved by the School Committee
IF a challenge comes… Don’t assume that an objection or criticism is the beginning of a challenge
After the Formal Challenge is Made
1. Provide the complainant with handouts as specified in the Selection Policy. For ex:
4. An objective third party should be present during any discussion of the challenge
5. Notify the MSLA President / Executive Board
6. Consult with other library teachers (locally or electronically)
7. Contact allies
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