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Information Literacy and Intellectual Freedom

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Presentation by Kathy Avery
for LIS 5503, Spring 2013 Intellectual Freedom
*Simple Definition* The U.S Constitution ... An Individual's Right to Freedom of Thought and of Expression of Thought The ALA... ...actively advocates in the defense of the rights of library users to read, seek information, and speak freely as
guaranteed by the First Amendment. Information Literacy
and Intellectual Freedom Instructional Literacy “Instructional literacy is a framework for developing
these traits in yourself:
reflective practice is an attitude of constructive
self-awareness; educational theory brings evidence to instructional practice; teaching technologies solve
instructional problems and help you adapt to shifting
expectations; and instructional design is a systematic
method for creating effective learning experiences.”
(Booth 2011, 151-152) ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom
http://www.ala.org/offices/oif

ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/ALAOIF

IFLA Statement on Libraries and Intellectual Freedom
http://www.ifla.org/publications/ifla-statement-on-libraries-and-intellectual-freedom I hope you enjoyed the presentation. I will appreciate your feedback!

Thank you for watching.
Kathy Booth, Char. 2011. Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional
Literacy for Library Educators. Chicago: ALA

Elmborg, James. 2006. Critical Information Literacy: Implications for Institutional
Practice. Journal of Academic Librarianship. 32(2):192-199.

Jacobs, Michelle. 2008. Ethics and Ethical Challenges in Library Instruction.
Journal of Library Administration. 47(3-4):211-232.

Wong, Gabrielle. 2010. Facilitating Students’ Intellectual Growth in Information
Literacy Teaching. Reference & User Services Quarterly. 50(2):114-118. SOURCES CITED I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.

II. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.

IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.

V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.

VI. Libraries that make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use. ALA Library Bill of Rights “When we cultivate stronger, more grounded relationships to teaching and learning,
we sharpen our ability to
advocate as well as educate.”
(Booth 2011, 151) “…librarians understand the necessity to enrich
instructional programs beyond the tool-based approach.
IL promotes learning through reflective thinking;
it encompasses the conceptual understanding
of information creation, dissemination, and use.”
(Wong 2010, 114) “Education for librarians must become what Friere calls
a ‘problem posing education.’ With this shift … librarians will
cease to study the ‘library-as-subject,’ and will instead
become specialists in coaching intellectual growth and critical development. Learning becomes the essentially humanistic
process of engaging and solving significant problems in the world,
a process central to both teaching and learning.”
(Elmborg 2006, 198) “Intellectual freedom and the right to privacy are ethical imperatives that need to be at the
front of our professional agenda.” (Jacobs 2008, 215)

”…we have to ask ourselves; how do we define ourselves as instruction librarians both on a
personal and professional level. [sic]
How much overlap do we allow?” (Jacobs 2008, 215)

“The students need us to guide them on their information journey
and the academia needs us to preserve their intellectual property,
battle for their intellectual freedom and integrity.” (Jacobs 2008, 229) Some thoughts from the literature
about the role of librarians in
educating students, academia, and
our communities about the value of
intellectual freedom .... Web Resources Remember that ... "Education is not the filling of a pail,
but the lighting of a fire.“
William Butler YEATS, Irish poet and playwright (1865-1939)

"I cannot teach anybody anything,
I can only make them think.“
SOCRATES, Greek philosopher of Athens (469-399 B.C.)
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