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Adams, Helen R. – Knowledge Quest, 2016
The American Association of School Librarians and its members have always been champions of intellectual freedom. It is a core value of school librarians and has been--and remains--an integral part of AASL's culture. Intellectual freedom is deeply embedded in AASL's standards, position statements, member-focused publications, conferences, award…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Intellectual Freedom, Librarians, Library Associations
Chmara, Theresa – Knowledge Quest, 2015
Courts have held that minors have First Amendment rights and that those rights include the right to receive information. However, how does that apply in the school setting? The First Amendment prohibits governmental entities from unconstitutionally infringing rights of free speech. Students in public schools, therefore, do have rights under the…
Descriptors: Constitutional Law, Religion, Freedom of Speech, Court Litigation
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Chmara, Theresa – Knowledge Quest, 2012
The use of electronic reading devices has proliferated in the last few years. These reading devices appear to be particularly popular with young readers. A generation of students that has grown up with computers, cell phones, iPods, and other high-tech devices is more likely to embrace electronic book technology for both their educational and…
Descriptors: Books, Electronic Publishing, Age Differences, Technological Advancement
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Adams, Helen R. – Knowledge Quest, 2011
As schools across the country face increasing fiscal restraints, school library professional positions are being eliminated at an alarming rate. As a result, many school librarians are becoming the only certified library professional in a district, serving multiple schools and grade levels. Suddenly, each is a solo librarian. As a solo librarian…
Descriptors: Intellectual Freedom, Elementary Secondary Education, Constitutional Law, School Libraries
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Johns, Sara Kelly – Knowledge Quest, 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…
Descriptors: Information Science Education, Intellectual Freedom, Library Administration, School Libraries
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Abilock, Debbie, Ed. – Knowledge Quest, 2007
One's commitment to intellectual freedom is manifested not just in the creation of a strong and clear selection policy or the celebration of Banned Books Week but by his or her willingness to examine his or her practices openly with others. In this article, the author proposes four questions to explore in one's teaching and in professional…
Descriptors: Intellectual Freedom, Censorship, Reading Material Selection, Library Materials
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Kelsey, Marie – Knowledge Quest, 2007
Winter 2007 marked an episode of high anxiety in the library science profession, when the latest Newbery winner, "The Higher Power of Lucky," triggered discussion about words and their suitability for young readers. It seems that the entire world now knows that the word "scrotum" appears on the first page of the book. School…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Reading Instruction, Federal Legislation, Freedom of Speech
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Scales, Pat – Knowledge Quest, 2000
Discussion of censorship against books in public and school libraries focuses on intellectual freedom; First Amendment rights; and curriculum development to include lessons on the First Amendment. Offers suggestions for activities focusing on censorship and banned books. (LRW)
Descriptors: Censorship, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Intellectual Freedom