Mission: To uphold intellectual freedom in North Carolina libraries.
Intellectual Freedom Definition:
Intellectual freedom is the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction. It provides for free access to all expressions of ideas through which any and all sides of a question, cause or movement may be explored.
Concern: A question asked or objection made informally by an individual about a resource in the library that they find objectionable or inappropriate.
Challenge: An attempt to have a library resource removed or access to it restricted, based on the objections of a person or group.
Ban: The removal of challenged materials from a library or school
The mission of the North Carolina Library Association (NCLA) is to promote libraries, library and information services, and librarianship; and to champion intellectual freedom and literacy programs. NCLA further acknowledges that one of our own goals is to identify and help resolve special concerns of minorities and women in the profession. With this, we recognize the pain and harm that challenges of this nature inflict on the LGBTQIA community – a minority community. We also recognize that the challenges raised recently speaks to the heart of intellectual freedom and why it is so important for libraries to have access to materials that cover all points of view.
We encourage all libraries to review and update selection processes to ensure collections are diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Public libraries have a responsibility to represent a broad range of materials in their collections and to meet the needs of everyone in the community, including those who may be marginalized or part of a minority. While individual library users have the right to voice their concerns about a library book and select different materials for themselves and their own families, those objecting to a book should not be given the power to restrict other users’ right to access those books. Library selection policies should reflect these concepts.
rev April 2023
"What should I do?"
Guide to handling customer concerns and challenges
OFFICE FOR INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM
FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS
SUPPORT FOR COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT
Professional Tips Wiki page on Collection Development (ALA): http://wikis.ala.org/professionaltips/index.php/Collection_Development
EQUITY, DIVISITY & INCLUSIONS RESOURCES
Constitution, Codes, and Handbook Revisions
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
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