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Intellectual freedom is one of the core values of the library profession; it promotes access to information and guides the defense against censorship. Indiana Library Federation stands by the right of library users to read, seek information, and speak freely as guaranteed by the First Amendment. 

Because Statement - Because Librarians Stand Up for Your Right to Read

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ILF has members from all types of libraries in all types of communities, which are reflected in their libraries’ collection development policy or donation policy or catalogue. Being part of a controversy related to a book/materials challenge, especially if personal views are conflicted, can be stressful and isolating. See Tips and Contact the Committee or Office for support.

The ILF Ad Hoc Committee on Intellectual Freedom suggests the following resources:

1) ILF Guiding PrinciplesILF Intellectual Freedom Policies

The Indiana Library Federation affirms that intellectual freedom is of the utmost importance to the continued existence of democracy. An integral part of the concept of intellectual freedom is unrestricted access to ideas or beliefs; freedom of expression has meaning only when others have access to the ideas expressed. The Federation holds that unrestricted access to information is a corollary of the constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Freedom to select information is a necessary safeguard to the freedom to read, and shall be protected. All citizens shall have the right to free inquiry and the right to form their own opinions. All forms of public communication shall be defended and preserved. The Federation subscribes to the principles set forth in the Library Bill of Rights, Freedom to Read Statement, and the interpretive statements thereto adopted by the American Library Association.

Adopted by Committee: 9/12/97
Ratified by ILF Executive Board: 11/12/97
Approved by ILF Membership: 4/7/98

2) Library Bill of Rights

3) Freedom to Read Statement

4) ALA Code of Ethics

5) Libraries: an American Value

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