Education and Information Literacy: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights Feedback

In anticipation of a new edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual, the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) is continuing to update intellectual freedom-related documents.

The IFC would appreciate feedback on “Education and Information Literacy: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights” by Friday, March 1. The interpretation was adopted by ALA Council in 2009 with the title “The Importance of Education to Intellectual Freedom,” and amended in 2014 with the title “Advocating for Intellectual Freedom.” The original version was about how libraries provide education, and in doing so, facilitate intellectual freedom. The most recent version focused on how libraries educate people about intellectual freedom. After extensive conversations, the revision returns to the 2009 intent. IFC and the ALA Committee on Professional Ethics are discussing the possibility of creating a joint policy statement or interpretation of ALA’s Code of Ethics that focuses on the 2014 version’s goal of promoting intellectual freedom in libraries.

Feedback can be posted in the following two ways:

  • Post feedback on this Google Doc draft. IFC requests that you post comments on the document, rather than edit the document directly. To post a comment, select “Insert” in the top menu, and then click “Comment.” Comments may be posted anonymously (if you’re not signed into a Google account) or publicly (if you’re signed into your Google account).
  • Using “track changes,” add comments and edits to the Word doc draft in this ALA Connect post and email it to or post it as a comment on the post.

IFC will make revisions to the draft in light of your suggestions and plans to distribute the document to ALA Council prior to the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington DC. The committee also plans to present it at the ALA Council Forum for further feedback.