Intellectual Freedom News – 02/16/18

Intellectual Freedom News

February 16, 2018 – Collated by OIF Staff and News Editors

Intellectual Freedom Highlights



See this week’s additional privacy news and updates on the Choose Privacy Week blog.

Net Neutrality and Broadband Access


  • Imagining a fine-free future | American Libraries; “Sarah Houghton, director of San Rafael (Calif.) Public Library, said fines get in the way of a library’s mission to serve the entire community, regardless of socio-economic standing. Barriers exist for some populations to pay fines, and by enforcing them, libraries are subverting their core values.”
  • Legal Issues; PLA-sponsored forum surfaced contentious constitution situations in public libraries | American Libraries; Tomas Lipinski, dean of the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, moderates the “Legal Issues in Public Libraries Forum” at the American Library Association’s 2018 Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Denver.

Free Press, Social Media, and Fake News

Academic Freedom and Campus Speech

First Amendment and Free Speech

Around the Web

International Issues

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  • Associate Professor Christine Jenkins and Assistant Professor Emily Knox share their perspectives on intellectual freedom and censorship in the context of the library. They first discuss, “What motivates people to ban books?” Jenkins and Knox teach at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois.

  • Are Libraries Neutral? President’s Program tackles heavy subject from multiple angles | American Libraries; “LaRue began by stating, “Neutrality does not mean librarians have no values—we do.”

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