Helping Ohio libraries become more proactive in addressing intellectual freedom issues has long been a goal of the intellectual Freedom Committee. We offer the following programs and others upon request to help your library set a solid foundation of staff awareness and organizational response.
Access, Intellectual Freedom, and the Brave New Digital World
While there has been a veritable avalanche of information on social networking, user-generated content, web 2.0, and eBooks, very little of the conversation has addressed the intellectual freedom issues associated with these new technologies. Library professionals routinely defend the First Amendment rights of library users to seek, access, receive, and disseminate ideas. These rights are applicable to all library users (including minors) and should be protected regardless of the information’s format. Legislative initiatives as well as some local restrictions could deny users the right to access many web applications. New patron privacy concerns emerge with eBook lending and the use of third party vendors. This program will provide an overview of social networking applications, web 2.0 technologies, digital books, and the accompanying professional and intellectual freedom issues they pose.
The First Thirty Seconds
Front-line staff members are often the first point of contact when library materials are challenged. As such, having staff that are prepared to deal effectively with challenges is critical to keeping these sometimes tense situations from escalating. Participants in this session will receive an overview of the library profession’s commitment to intellectual freedom. They’ll also have an opportunity to learn behaviors that can articulate our professional stance on intellectual freedom while respecting the views of those who express concern about library materials. This session is perfect for new staff as well as those who wish to brush up on intellectual freedom issues.
If you would like either program presented to your staff, Friends of the Library, or Board of Trustees, please contact a member of the Intellectual Freedom Committee or the OLC.
Kimberly Castle-Alberts, Chair (2014)
Hudson Library & Historical Society
Andrew Harant, Assistant Chair (2014)
Cuyahoga County Public Library, Maple Heights Branch
Julie Arter, Committee (2016)
Columbus Metro Library
Julianne Bedel, Committee (2016)
Barberton Public Library
Thomas Brook, Committee (2014)
Delaware County District Library
Shannon Holmes, Committee (2016)
Cuyahoga County Public Library
Gregg McCullough, Committee (2015)
York County Library System
Amy Switzer, Committee (2015)
Shaker Heights Public Library
Karen Sykeny, Committee (2016)
Massillon Public Library
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Sarah Wright, Committee (2015)
Columbus Metropolitan Library
Nick Tepe, Board Liaison
Purpose and Objectives
This committee is responsible for maintaining OLC's policies on intellectual freedom and for offering guidance for specific Ohio problems. The committee works with the Government Relations Committee and the OLC counsel as the need arises, and maintains communication and interaction with other groups whose objectives parallel those of OLC in the area of intellectual freedom. This provides a broad base for action should it become necessary.
2014 Goals and Objectives
2013 Annual Report