Intellectual Freedom Issues in School Libraries

by April M. Dawkins, Editor


Despite censorship, fake news, and fear, school librarians champion every student's right to know.

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September 2020

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Pages 150
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Management and Administration/Intellectual Freedom and Censorship
  Librarianship: Philosophy, Values, and Issues/Ethics
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This volume of collected articles from the archives of School Library Connection provides school librarians and LIS professors with a one-stop source of information for supporting the core library principle of intellectual freedom.

School librarians continue to advocate and champion for student privacy, and the right to read and have unfettered access to needed information. Updated and current information concerning these issues is critical to school librarians working daily with students, parents, and faculty to manage library programs, services, and print and digital collections. This volume is an invaluable resource as school librarians make and revisit collection development, scheduling, access and other policies.

Library Science professors will find this updated volume useful for information and discussion with students. Drawing on the archives of School Library Connection, Library Media Connection, and School Library Monthly magazines—and with comprehensive updates throughout—chapters tackle privacy, the right to read, censorship, equal access to information, and other intellectual freedom issues.

New laws, and legal and ethical opinions continue to appear and help inform the daily response school librarians have to current issues. This volume updates all included articles with current legal thought and opinion. Intellectual Freedom expert April Dawkins, PhD and editor, offers practical advice and commentary throughout.


  • Up-to-date coverage of a wide range of intellectual freedom topics
  • Looks at current and applicable laws
  • Features important topics for discussion in LIS classes
  • Immediately usable in schools, and for school district staff development on these important and relevant topics
Author Info

April M. Dawkins, PhD, is assistant professor in library and information studies at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She earned her doctorate in library and information science from the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining the faculty at UNCG, Dawkins was a high school librarian for 15 years. Her research examines intellectual freedom issues in school libraries with an emphasis on self-censorship, access, and equity.

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