ALA Intellectual Freedom Manual Draft Interpretations

This is the fourth request for feedback from the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) after the ALA Midwinter Meeting. In anticipation of a new edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual, the IFC is continuing to update intellectual freedom-related documents.

The IFC would appreciate feedback on two interpretation drafts by Wednesday, May 29:  “Rating Systems” (adopted in 2015), “Access to Library Resources and Services for Minors” (adopted in 1972, amended in 1981, 1991, 2004, 2008 under previous name “Free Access to Libraries for Minors”, and 2014), “User-Generated Content in Library Discovery Systems” (adopted in 2016),  and “Privacy” (adopted in 2002, amended in 2014).

Post feedback on the Google Docs, linked below. IFC requests that you post comments on the 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).

Rating Systems: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights

Access to Library Resources and Services for Minors: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights

User-Generated Content in Library Discovery Systems: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights

Privacy: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights

IFC will make revisions to the drafts in light of your suggestions and plans to distribute the documents to ALA Council prior to ALA Annual Conference in Washington DC. The committee also plans to present them at ALA Council Forum for further feedback.