As always, libraries try to follow the law, preserving the right of individuals to have access to constitutionally protected material. People have honest disagreements about just what that entails – including Supreme Court Justices. But librarians don’t have to apologize for standing up for the First Amendment.
This article first appeared in American Libraries in October 2002 and connects Lester Asheim’s timeless arguments and applies them to the cyber age. Asheim’s article is still cited by library science community decades later when dealing with the problems of cyber materials.