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Professional Development for Delaware Library Staff: Intellectual Freedom/Censorship

Statewide Professional Development Team

Summary - WJ Competency Index

Intellectual Freedom is not listed as a separate competency in the Competency Index for the Library Field, but it is noted in the following:

  • Essential Competencies - Ethics & Values (page 10)
  • Management Competencies - Laws, Policies & Procedures (pages 28 & 29)
  • Technology Competencies - Networking & Security (page 65), Public Access Technology (page 67), and Web Design & Development (page 76)

Training Needs Assessment Rankings

Intellectual Freedom/Censorship ranked #20 out of 60 topics staff would like training in.  It was not identified as an urgent training need. 48% (55) of respondents indicated they would like training at the Beginner level, 34% (39) would like training at the Intermediate level, and 18% (21) would like training at the Advanced level.

Intellectual Freedom is identified as a CORE skill for Sussex County libraries.

Customer Service Standards

Safety - Provide a safe environment for staff and public, ensuring privacy, confidentiality, and physical well-being.

Courtesy - Treat everyone with kindness and respect.

Knowledge - Be aware of library policies, procedures, and resources.

Efficiency - Provide accurate and timely service with the best use of tangible and intangible resources.

Online Learning

WebJunction Webinar 

Privacy Literacy at Your Library

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 ♦ 3:00 pm Eastern / 12:00 pm Pacific ♦ 1 hour


Our offline lives are no longer separate from our online identities. Many people are unaware of how their information is being used, what they have control over, or how to have safe online interactions. San José Public Library's Virtual Privacy Lab has developed a seven-module customized learning experience for library patrons, in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. The modules guide users through topics such as social media and security, and provide personalized tips, links and resources that enable them to feel safe and confident online. This privacy literacy resource is available for everyone, so learn how you can utilize the online Virtual Privacy Lab with the populations you serve at your library.

This webinar is part of a series highlighting the work of recent LJ Movers & Shakers and is hosted in collaboration with Library Journal.

Additional Resources

Selected Bibliography