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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.
Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Director of ALAs Office for Intellectual Freedom, sent the following to Margie Cyr, Chair of DLAs Intellectual Freedom and Open Access Committee, regarding the decision of Dr. Seuss Enterprises to cease publication of six of his titles.
The Office of Intellectual Freedom worked with our Diversity and Youth units to develop the following talking points:
- On March 2, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the entity that controls the estate of Theodor Geisel, announced that it will no longer publish or license six books written under the pen name “Dr. Seuss” because the six books use offensive racial images to portray people, which Dr. Seuss Enterprises recognizes is hurtful and wrong.
- Dr. Seuss Enterprises has not called for the banning or removal of these books from library collections, personal collections, or schools.
- An author’s or publisher’s decision to stop publishing a book should not be grounds alone for removing a book from a library’s collection. All such decisions should be done pursuant to the library’s or district’s written collection development policy.
- Part of our professional responsibility as librarians is to critically evaluate literature, be aware of bias, prejudice, and racism, and consider these things when making decisions about collection development, programming, displays, and readers' advisory.
- The decision by Dr. Seuss Enterprises is an opportunity for adults to think critically about Dr. Seuss’ books, decide whether to share these books with the children in their lives, and participate in discussions with children and adults alike on the topic of race and racial prejudice.
Censorship: It’s Not Just For Books!
A conversation about threats to intellectual freedom and what you can do to stand up for free expression.
Georgia Library Association, 2017
Hooray for Freedom! Part One: Privacy, Confidentiality, and Intellectual Freedom in the Library
This webinar will help you assess your professional practice, give you the legal and ethical context to support democracy in your library, and help you identify practical ways to implement improvements.
WebJunction, ARSL & Library Journal - 2019
Hooray for Freedom! Part Two: Developing Policies in Support of Ethical Practice
This webinar explores library policies and procedures related to intellectual freedom, privacy, and confidentiality and will help you assess your library’s current policies and procedures within a legal context, and help you draft specific policy language.
WebJunction, ARSL & Library Journal - 2019
Privacy Literacy at Your Library
A webinar about the San Jose Public Library's Virtual Privacy Lab, a privacy literacy resource available to all, which helps library patrons feel safe and confident online.
Three Ways Librarians Can Combat Censorship
What can librarians and educators do to help combat censorship? For public, school, and academic libraries, censorship is never a simple issue to navigate, especially when it involves parents, a board, or a fellow colleague. In this webinar hosted by ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, Index on Censorship magazine, and SAGE Publishing, three librarians, one from each type of library, share tips for navigating censorship issues. (2019)
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.
Subject matter experts from the Office for Intellectual Freedom are available to speak at workshops and professional development sessions on topics such as collection development, professional ethics, and law and policy concerning intellectual freedom, censorship, privacy, internet filtering, the First Amendment, and more.
Privacy and Confidentiality (ALA)
Resources on privacy and confidentiality, including why privacy and confidentiality are important.