ERIC Number: ED307876
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May-12
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Controversies, Collections, and the Academic Library's Educational Role.
This examination of the issue of intellectual freedom in academic libraries provides examples of recent controversies, and argues that the library's response to such controversies provides an opportunity to emphasize its educational role. It is noted that academic libraries are full of controversial materials, and that this is necessary if the library is to be able to make information available that presents more than one point of view on issues. On controversial issues in society, it is argued, access to information on both sides of an issue should be the rule and not the exception. Balance should be the guiding principle in library collection development, and it is suggested that representing both sides of controversial issues in a collection is a powerful rationale for the library's educational role on campus. It is concluded that the library should not be a reactionary presence when controversy arises, but a proactive and educating part of the education community. (EW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Session of the Annual Meeting of the Illinois Library Association (Chicago, IL, May 12, 1988).