The newest edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual is more than simply an update of a foundational text that has served as a crucial resource for more than four decades. It is a living document that serves as the authoritative reference for day-to-day guidance on maintaining free and equal access to information for all people. Whether you’re developing or revising policies, on-boarding new staff or trustees, responding to challenges and controversies, or studying librarianship, you’ll find this an indispensable resource, with features such as
ALA policy statements, approved by committees and Council, articulating core intellectual freedom principles and best practices;
8 new interpretations of the Library Bill of Rights, which address urgent issues like internet filtering, public performances, political activity, religion, and equity, diversity, and inclusion;
“Issues at a Glance” sidebars which present key concepts, points of law, tips, and questions for reflection;
expanded content about developing library policies that support intellectual freedom;
updated information on censorship of library programs, displays, and databases;
“Advocacy and Assistance,” a section offering concrete guidance when you’re called on to talk to the media or meet with legislators;
Deeper Look essays which examine the laws related to library operations;
advice on when to call the police, when not to, and how to handle personally identifiable information when they arrive; and
an expanded glossary.
About the Author
Martin Garnar is the director of the Amherst College Library. He has taught professional ethics, library instruction, and the foundations of library and information science for the University of Denver’s LIS program. He has served as chair of the ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee and the Committee on Professional Ethics and as president of the Freedom to Read Foundation.
Trina Magi is a library professor and reference and instruction librarian at the University of Vermont. She has chaired state and regional intellectual freedom committees, served on the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee, and published a number of articles on privacy. She has won several awards for her intellectual freedom advocacy.
ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is charged with implementing the intellectual freedom policies of the American Library Association through educating librarians and the public about the concept of intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights, the Association's basic policy on free access to libraries and library materials. In order to meet its educational goals, the Office undertakes information, support, and coordination activities.
”The tone of the IFM is straightforward and complete: it reflects both the gravitas and the complexity of the issues but appears to trust the reader to understand the complicated issues and to be capable of making the 'right' decisions. In some ways, the IFM even feels nurturing: it gives the reader the materials that they need to understand intellectual freedom ... Intellectual freedom is a complex, difficult topic, and the IFM handles it well." — College & Research Libraries
”An extremely practical and useful guide for librarians dealing with intellectual freedom topics, offering both foundational understanding of the topic and applicable guidance for navigating related situations. The documents provide definitions and clear steps to troubleshoot associated questions and problems." — Choice