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Academic Library Resources

ALA. Intellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights. “A strong intellectual freedom perspective is critical to the development of academic library collections and services that dispassionately meet the education and research needs of a college or university community. The purpose of this statement is to outline how and where intellectual freedom principles fit into an academic library setting, thereby raising consciousness of the intellectual freedom context within which academic librarians work.” Amended 2014

ACRL STATEMENT: Intellectual freedom principles for academic libraries: Third draft

Joint Statement on Legislative Efforts to Restrict Education about Racism in American History , June 2021. ACRL joined a number of organizations in co-signing an American Association of University Professors, American Historical Association, Association of American Colleges & Universities, and PEN America joint statement.

Moody, Josh. “How K-12 Book Bans Affect Higher Education.” Inside Higher Ed, 10 Feb 2022. “Some educators fear removing controversial books from the K-12 curriculum will harm student development and critical thinking—and rob them of the cultural capital colleges expect them to possess.” [NOTE: Inside Higher Ed is a subscription site but it allows 5 free article views per month.  Unless you happen to have already viewed some articles there in the last week or two, you should be able to see the story.]