ERIC Number: EJ872677
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Reference Count: 4
The "Ever Green" Interpretations of the "Library Bill of Rights"
Adams, Helen R.
School Library Monthly, v26 n6 p48-49 Feb 2010
The American Library Association's (ALA) "Library Bill of Rights" is important to school librarians because it provides the philosophical structure for intellectual freedom in school libraries and asserts the rights of minors. It states: "A person's right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views" (http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/oif/statementspols/statementsif/librarybillrights.cfm). There are currently twenty-one "interpretations" of the "Library Bill of Rights," and they provide direction to school librarians while protecting minors' First Amendment rights in day-to-day practice. Periodically, interpretations have been added or revised to satisfy emerging needs and to keep all current statements fresh and "green." Nearly every interpretation of the "Library Bill of Rights" is relevant to school libraries. A sample of the recently revised or newly created interpretations is presented. The author discusses how school librarians can use the "Library Bill of Rights" interpretations to protect students' access to information and privacy in a school library.
Descriptors: Intellectual Freedom, Access to Information, School Libraries, Professional Associations, Librarians, Library Services, Student Rights, Internet, Constitutional Law, Web Sites
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Bill of Rights; First Amendment