By Trina Magi, Martin Garnar
Accumulating numerous key records and coverage statements, this complement to the 9th variation of the Intellectual Freedom Manual strains a historical past of ALA s dedication to struggling with censorship. An introductory essay through Judith Krug and Candace Morgan, up-to-date by means of OIF Director Barbara Jones, sketches out an outline of ALA coverage on highbrow freedom. a huge source, this quantity comprises records which debate such foundational concerns as
- The Library invoice of Rights
- Protecting the liberty to read
- ALA s Code of Ethics
- How to answer demanding situations and matters approximately library resources
- Minors and net activity
- Meeting rooms, bulletin forums, and exhibits
- Privacy, together with the retention of library utilization records
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Two provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act posed a dramatic challenge to privacy and confidentiality in the library. Under Section 215, the FBI can use an order issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to demand “any tangible thing”—including circulation records, Internet sign-up sheets, computer hard drives and servers, or databases—believed to be “relevant” to an authorized investigation. Under Section 505, the FBI may use National Security Letters (NSLs)—administrative subpoenas that receive no judicial review—to demand information.
14 In response to this recommendation, the Office for Intellectual Freedom was established in December 1967. The goal of the OIF is to educate librarians and the general public about the importance of intellectual freedom, relieving the IFC of this task and allowing it to concentrate on developing policy. Judith Krug served as director of the OIF from its establishment until her death in April 2009. The OIF serves as the administrative arm of the Committee on Professional Ethics and the Intellectual Freedom Committee.
The activities of the round table supplement the OIF’s education program and offer opportunities for ALA members to become active in the association’s intellectual freedom efforts. The IFRT sponsors three intellectual freedom awards. The annual State and Regional Achievement Award, given by the IFRT since 1984, was revised in 1991 and replaced by the annual Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award in 2009. Formerly presented to a state intellectual freedom committee, the award has been expanded to include “state educational media association intellectual freedom committee[s], state intellectual freedom coalition[s], legal defense fund[s] or other such group that has implemented the most successful and creative state intellectual freedom project during the calendar year.