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ERIC Number: EJ829746
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1094-9046
Who's Protecting Whom? AASL and Intellectual Freedom
Johns, Sara Kelly
Knowledge Quest, v36 n2 p4-6 Nov-Dec 2007
"When you start your new job as a school librarian, one of the first steps you must take is to ask to see the district's book selection policy. If there isn't one, write one. Right away. It protects you, the teachers, and the district." That advice was part of the author's school library administration course at the School of Library and Information Science, State University of New York, Albany--a very long time ago. It became obvious to the author that the principle that it protected was intellectual freedom--the right to read, for everyone, including the school-age children who would be her students. She understood quickly that one of the core tenets of the library profession, one that she would be protecting throughout her career, is intellectual freedom. In this article, the author shares while she had to defend the books in her library to parents and community members, she never had a full-blown book censorship divide in her school and community. She can speak with confidence because she have learned from experts. She contends that library media specialist do not have to be alone in their battles for intellectual freedom. They have procedures, they can pull resources from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Web page, and they can call the American Library Association (ALA) Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF).
American Association of School Librarians. Available from: American Library Association. 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Tel: 1-800-545-2433; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: First Amendment