Intellectual Freedom

Colorado Association of Libraries Intellectual Freedom Committee

Web page offers news, current events, a committee member list and information about the Julie Boucher Memorial Fund.
Intellectual Freedom Committee

Julie J. Boucher Memorial Award for Intellectual Freedom

The Colorado Association of Libraries’ Intellectual Freedom Award, named in memory of the late LRS associate director, Julie J. Boucher.
Julie Boucher Memorial Award and Fund         About Julie

ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom

Provides information about the Freedom to Read Foundation, Banned Books Week, intellectual freedom awards, publications, and more.
ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom

Bibliography–Dianne McAfee

Bibliography of articles written about intellectual freedom and materials challenges in school libraries.
Dianne McAfee Hopkins Word document

Internet Freedoms and Filters: Roles and Responsibilities of the Public Librarian on the World Wide Web

Written by James LaRue, Director of the Douglas County Libraries, Colorado, this report is a common-sense discussion of the issues and policies on Internet filtering in public libraries.
Internet Freedoms and Filters

People for the American Way

This site “organizes and mobilizes Americans to fight for fairness, justice, civil rights and the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution. PFAW lobbies for progressive legislation and builds communities and activists.” The website provides news, an issues page, and information about how to join the organization. People for the American Way

Public Library Internet Use Policies

ALA’s “Guidelines for Developing a Public Library Internet Use Policy” and summary results from the “Survey of Internet Access Management in Public Libraries,” conducted by the Library Research Center, University of Illinois, June 2000. This survey shows 95 percent of public libraries have policies to manage the Internet.
Public Library Internet Use Policies

Research Papers from the Commission on Online Child Protection (COPA)

One of several studies prepared for these hearings used content analysis to determine how much content on the Internet actually contains offensive material using the Recreational Software Advisory Council’s Internet rating system. Of 1,067 web pages randomly selected, the authors found 95.1% registered minimally on the scale (not objectionable) and only 3.6% had objectionable material (nudity, violence, language, sex). Several research papers are presented.
COPA Commission Research Papers


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