ERIC Number: EJ875930
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
Intellectual Freedom and Libraries: Complexity and Change in the Twenty-First-Century Digital Environment
Dresang, Eliza T.
Library Quarterly, v76 n2 p169-192 Apr 2006
What is the state of intellectual freedom and libraries in the early twenty-first-century digital environment? This question is addressed largely in relation to public and school libraries, where more than 90 percent of documented challenges exist and at which most legislative and judicial actions relevant to intellectual freedom and libraries are directed. Analyses of changing perceptions of the intellectual-freedom leadership role of women and children; of the relevant policy documents of the American Library Association; of recent legislation and judicial decisions, focused on both books and the Internet; and of the current public perception of libraries as a public good reveal the complexities and tensions that exist in the answer to this question. One possible explanation for the current state of intellectual freedom and libraries is offered through application of radical-change theory. Changes in research, education, and practice are suggested based on the conclusions from these analyses.
Descriptors: Intellectual Freedom, School Libraries, Professional Associations, Leadership, Electronic Libraries, Electronic Publishing, Public Libraries, Policy, Legislation, Court Litigation, Internet, Public Opinion, Social Theories, Change Strategies
University of Chicago Press. Journals Division, P.O. Box 37005, Chicago, IL 60637. Tel: 877-705-188; Tel: 773-753-3347; Fax: 877-705-1879; Fax: 773-753-0811; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff
Authoring Institution: N/A