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Intellectual Freedom Committee

The Maine Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee has the general charge to support intellectual freedom as guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Library Bill of Rights of the American Library Association. Some of the goals of the Intellectual Freedom Committee are to:

    • Foster an understanding of, and commitment to, the principles of intellectual freedom;
    • Promote and extend the principle that the individual has a right to information;
    • Promote and extend the principle that it is the responsibility of each individual to determine for him/herself what he/she will read, see or hear;
    • Promote and extend the principle that it is the responsibility of librarians to make accessible the widest possible variety of materials, information, and ideas; and to give the highest priority to the freedom of inquiry for our patrons and for all people.

The MLA Intellectual Freedom Committee provides informational and other assistance in situations in which a book or other informational or artistic object’s (art, sculpture, periodical, etc.) presence is challenged within a library.

The IF Committee also serves as a conduit for information on Intellectual Freedom matters generated by the American Library Association and other reliable sources.

In addition, the IF Committee occasionally generates original materials that may be of use to Maine librarians in helping to better educate themselves and their patrons about Intellectual Freedom matters.


Resources

Privacy in the Digital Age

"Privacy in the Digital Age (2016)" is a slide presentation with notes that discusses ways to think about privacy in today’s world. 

These materials can be used as background information or may be copied or excerpted for activities such as library programs or presentations for the public, or meant just for library staff. This is a PDF file that contains both slides and presenter notes. It is offered under a Creative Commons by license. Use it as you see fit but please credit the source.

Intellectual Freedom Issues in Libraries

“Intellectual Freedom Issues in Libraries (2016)” offers and overview of some of the Intellectual Freedom issues that librarians face today. 

These materials can be used as background information or may be copied or excerpted for activities such as library programs or presentations for the public, or meant just for library staff. This is a PDF file that contains both slides and presenter notes. It is offered under a Creative Commons by license. Use it as you see fit but please credit the source.
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