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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.
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.
Censorship: It’s Not Just For Books!
Georgia Library Association, August 30, 2017.
When you hear about censorship in libraries, you may automatically wonder what YA book is under attack this time. However, many of the challenges to intellectual freedom we’re facing go well beyond books. Online resources, speakers and events, programs, and other library initiatives are also coming under fire, and those of us in libraries may not always agree on what should be defended. This program discussed today’s threats to intellectual freedom and what librarians can do to stand up for free expression.
Martin Garnar is the dean of the Kraemer Family Library at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
Freedom to Read Foundation
Non-profit legal and educational organization affiliated with the American Library Association. FTRF protects and defends the First Amendment to the Constitution and supports the right of libraries to collect - and individuals to access - information.
Internet Safety (DE Center for Educational Technology)
i-SAFE Safe Schools Education initiative. Interactive curriculum lessons that teach students about online safety and responsibility. Articulated by grade level. Available at no charge to all K-12 public schools.
Library Freedom Project
An initiative which aims to make real the promise of intellectual freedom in libraries by teaching librarians and their local communities about surveillance threats, privacy rights and law, and privacy-protecting technology tools to help safeguard digital freedoms.
Office for Intellectual Freedom (ALA)
Charged with implementing ALA policies concerning the concept of intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights, ALAs basic policy on free access to libraries and library materials.
Privacy and Confidentiality (ALA)
Resources on privacy and confidentiality, including why privacy and confidentiality are important.