Another panel presentation.
Judith Krug, Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom, ALA.
- If it comes to that extreme, she would choose the adults over the children when it comes to intellectual freedom issues. This is because we are a self-governing nation where the adults need information to make informed decisions. This goes to the common objection of "it's not good for the children."
- Freedom of speech means you can say what you want when you want to say it. However, you have to live with the consequences of what you say and your actions.
- Never fight an intellectual freedom battle alone. Contact OIF (find their telephone numbers here. In fact, make yourself a little card with the numbers and keep them handy.)
- While patrons do have the right to challenge a book, one has to wonder about their motivations.
- Collection development is probably the most important skill a librarian has.
- Libraries should have a solid selection policy and a solid reconsideration policy. Make your selection policy fit your library. Reasons for having a selection policy:
- Encourages stability.
- Makes ambiguity less likely.
- Helps to avoid haphazard selection.