Intellectual Freedom in Libraries

Intellectual Freedom in Libraries

This course examines the historical and legal background of intellectual freedom in libraries as well as current trends and topics. The course discusses the many challenges to the concept and practice of intellectual freedom from technological to political to legal. Students learn how to articulate, promote, and defend intellectual freedom policies as a key component of professional practice in all types of library and information services. The role of libraries in America is shaped by a constitutional legacy traced to the circumstances surrounding the founding of this country. This legacy, framed by the Bill of Rights and interpreted by the Courts, requires librarians to apply the historic, legal and ethical principles of intellectual freedom to activities undertaken daily, including materials selection, cataloging and classification, reevaluation of library materials, readers’ advisory services, programming,outreach, access to digital information, circulation, and securing patron privacy.

Class Name Intellectual Freedom in Libraries
Host School Rutgers University
Class Identifier 17:610:584
Credit Value 3 Credit Hours
Faculty Nancy Kranich
Course Tool (Online) Other
Class Description This course examines the historical and legal background of intellectual freedom in libraries as well as current trends and topics. The course discusses the many challenges to the concept and practice of intellectual freedom from technological to political to legal. Students learn how to articulate, promote, and defend intellectual freedom policies as a key component of professional practice in all types of library and information services. The role of libraries in America is shaped by a constitutional legacy traced to the circumstances surrounding the founding of this country. This legacy, framed by the Bill of Rights and interpreted by the Courts, requires librarians to apply the historic, legal and ethical principles of intellectual freedom to activities undertaken daily, including materials selection, cataloging and classification, reevaluation of library materials, readers’ advisory services, programming,outreach, access to digital information, circulation, and securing patron privacy.
Class Disclaimer None
Delivery Asynchronous
Start and End Date September 5th, 2017 - December 13th, 2017
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Last Add Day August 1st, 2017
Residency Start and End Date No Residency