Good afternoon all,
As Chair of the NYLA Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) I am pleased to announce the release of the revised New York Library Association Intellectual Freedom Manual. (See link below.)
In the last three decades of librarianship, many of our most basic practices have become extinct or have changed so much that they are almost unrecognizable; yet our core values, and at the heart of them our fierce grasp on the power of intellectual freedom, make us unique.
The members of IFC worked hard to craft a document that will help you create and carry out library policies and services, which will protect and support free speech, privacy, and the right to read and view.
Whether you are a trustee, librarian, staff, friend or volunteer, as part of the library community you have taken on an obligation to become educated about intellectual freedom and library services. This applies to all types of libraries: academic, public, school and special.
It is appropriate and symbolic that we are releasing this document during Library Card Sign-Up Month. It reinforces the IFC’s belief that we not only have an obligation to protect open and free access to information, but also to educate the larger community on the role of the library in supporting intellectual freedom and free speech. This education is an ongoing process, especially in a rapidly changing world with new information technologies.
The Manual is available to download in PDF format on the NYLA website at:
Robert Hubsher Executive Director Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS) 619 Route 17M Middletown, NY, 10940-4395 Telephone: mailto:rhubsher http://www.rcls.org