In anticipation of a new edition of The Intellectual Freedom Manual, the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) is in the process of updating intellectual freedom-related documents.
The IFC would appreciate feedback on the following two revisions of Library Bill of Rights interpretations by Friday, December 28. Please feel free to share this message widely.
- “Prisoners’ Right to Read: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights”: This interpretation was adopted in 2010 by ALA Council and was amended in 2014. The 2014 version can be found here.
- “Diversity in Collection Development: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights”: This interpretation was adopted by ALA Council in 1982 and last amended in 2014. The full revision history and the 2014 version can be found here.
Feedback can be posted in the following two ways:
- Use the links above to post feedback to Google Doc drafts. The IFC requests that you post comments on these documents, rather than edit the documents directly. To post a comment, select “Insert” in the top menu, and then click “Comment.” Comments may be posted anonymously (if you’re not signed into a Google account) or publicly (if you’re signed into your Google account).
- Using “track changes,” add comments and edits to the attached Word doc drafts. You can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org, and they’ll be forwarded to working group members.
The drafts have also been uploaded to ALA Connect. ALA members can post feedback directly or upload the “track changes” Word docs to the comments section of the ALA Connect post.
The Intellectual Freedom Committee will make revisions to the drafts in light of your suggestions and plans to distribute the documents to ALA Council before the Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. The committee also plans to present them at ALA Council Forum for further feedback.