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By Trina Magi, Martin Garnar

Amassing numerous key files 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 via OIF Director Barbara Jones, sketches out an summary of ALA coverage on highbrow freedom. a huge source, this quantity comprises files which debate such foundational matters 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 web activity
  • Meeting rooms, bulletin forums, and exhibits
  • Copyright
  • Privacy, together with the retention of library utilization records

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The “Copyright” interpretation anchors a new section on copyright in the ninth edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual. Intellectual Freedom Committee From 1940 when the IFC was established until 1967, when the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) was established, most ALA activities related to intellectual freedom were centered in the Intellectual Freedom Committee. It not only recommended policies but was also directly responsible for a variety of educational efforts, including collecting and publicizing information about censorship incidents, sponsoring censorship exhibits at conferences, conducting pre-conferences on intellectual freedom themes, and planning programs to further the association’s goals regarding intellectual freedom.

Under Section 505, the FBI may use National Security Letters (NSLs)—administrative subpoenas that receive no judicial review—to demand information. Demands issued under both sections are accompanied by gag orders that forbid the recipients from disclosing the orders. State confidentiality laws would not prevent the disclosure of information under the USA PATRIOT Act because most state statutes allow or require disclosure in response to a lawful court order or subpoena, and Section 215 orders and National Security Letters would fall under that provision.

She had written a letter to a local newspaper protesting the suppression of an underground newspaper. The IFC concluded that her allegations were correct and recommended publication of the complete report in American Libraries, vindicating Bodger and deploring the actions of the Missouri State Library Commission that resulted in her firing. The other two requests for action also entailed fact-finding studies, but those studies led the Intellectual Freedom Committee to find that it could not support charges contained in the complaints.

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