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Ensuring Intellectual Freedom and Access to Information in the School Library Media Program (Paperback)
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Ensuring Intellectual Freedom and Access to Information in the School Library Media Program (Paperback)

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Paperback 276 Pages / Published: 30/09/2008
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Over two-thirds of all challenges to books and other resources reported to the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom occur in schools. This book explores intellectual freedom issues in school library media programs including selection of resources and materials selection policies, challenges and censorship, students' freedom to read, patron privacy and confidentiality of library records, the blocking of Internet resources, access to the school library media center, its resources, and services for students with special needs, and advocacy for minors' First Amendment rights in school library media programs. Throughout the text, practicing public school and private school library media specialists at different grade levels candidly share their stories and observations on how intellectual freedom principles and ALA policy statements apply to real life situations. Attorney Mary Minow provides vital information about the impact of the First Amendment, federal and state law, and court decisions on minors using libraries in schools. Whether a library media specialist in the field or a student in a graduate or undergraduate library and information studies program, readers will find both practical information and advice to complement the concepts found in the American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Manual. Print and Web resources are included.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9781591585398
Number of pages: 276
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 249 x 178 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Pointing to the school media professional as a leader in promoting principles such as the Library Bill of Rights and ALA's Code of Ethics within the parameters of local school environment, Adams offers help in creating and following a selection policy, keeping library records private, and understanding the effect of case law on intellectual freedom. . . . This is a useful guide for new and veteran library media specialists, and a must-share wtih school administrators." - School Library Journal
"In chapters geared to school situations and covering topics including selection of resources, the First Amendment, privacy, challenges of resources, the Internet, and access for students with disabilities, Adams offers background on the topic and bulleted lists of strategies for dealing with an issues. . . . This is a book that every school librarian needs to keep handy and share with administrators, colleagues, and parents." - Booklist
"This excellent, comprehensive, and up-to-date treatment of intellectual freedom, with an introduction by library school professor and author Dianne McAfee Hopkins, is an indispensable work for school library media specialists in all kinds of schools, including international and private schools." - VOYA
". . . this is a timely and useful addition to the literature of the library profession. It is recommended for college and university libraries." - Catholic Library World
"Handling challenges to library materials and preventing censorship are important, yet knotty issues for librarians. The author clearly advises school librarians on how to approach these issues. . . . Reading this book is a professional development in itself! Highly Recommended." - Library Media Connection, Starred Review

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