A History of ALA Policy on Intellectual Freedom: A by Trina Magi, Martin Garnar

By Trina Magi, Martin Garnar

Amassing numerous key records and coverage statements, this complement to the 9th variation of the Intellectual Freedom Manual strains a heritage of ALA s dedication to battling censorship. An introductory essay by way of Judith Krug and Candace Morgan, up-to-date by way of OIF Director Barbara Jones, sketches out an summary of ALA coverage on highbrow freedom. a tremendous source, this quantity comprises records which debate such foundational matters as

  • The Library invoice of Rights
  • Protecting the liberty to read
  • ALA s Code of Ethics
  • How to reply to demanding situations and matters approximately library resources
  • Minors and net activity
  • Meeting rooms, bulletin forums, and exhibits
  • Copyright
  • Privacy, together with the retention of library utilization records

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Subsequently, individuals were urged to make their own FOIA requests, but only one person who filed such a request later reported receiving any information from the FBI. In addition, ALA filed yet another FOIA request, which was denied, as was the appeal of that denial, on the grounds that the FBI was in litigation with the National Security Archive (NSA) over the same issue. The FBI promised to give ALA any information released to the NSA and eventually did so. Nevertheless, ALA reserved the right to bring suit against the FBI for denying its right of appeal and obstructing a legitimate attempt to gain information under the Freedom of Information Act.

The ALA Digital Content Working Group was established in 2011 to address these issues, and the Intellectual Freedom Committee’s Privacy Subcommittee is supporting that work. Indeed, technology in libraries continues to be a two-edged sword. While it has the capacity to provide current and comprehensive information, it can also create barriers to that same information. Furthermore, as discussed below, privacy issues abound and must be addressed. ” The rationale of the policy was that circulation records are purely circumstantial evidence that a person has read a book and that fear of persecution or prosecution may restrain users from borrowing any conceivably controversial materials, for whatever purpose.

In 2005 Library Connection, a nonprofit consortium currently serving thirty Connecticut public and academic libraries, was served with a National Security Letter demanding a member library’s Internet use records for a particular date and time. The consortium director, George Christian, along with three board members, decided not to comply and filed suit against the Justice Department. In September 2005 a Connecticut district court found parts of the NSL gag order provision unconstitutional and ordered the FBI to adopt procedures to notify NSL recipients that they have a right to a court review of the gag order.

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