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Library/Information Science Professionals vs. Censorship

March 9, 2012

Librarians have long been some of the most staunch defenders of the First Amendment.  For my final project I would like to examine individual librarians who have challenged censorship and survey their successes and failures.  I would also like to examine the ALA’s influence in advocating intellectual freedom and civil liberties.  The focus would be on librarians and their traditional defense of the freedom of information, and how their roles have changed and expanded as we have moved from storing information on traditional media to a net-based information storage and retrieval structure.


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  1. derek permalink*
    March 15, 2012 8:59 am

    This is great, but who is the expected audience? Also, remember that librarians used to be the front line in censorship (on the side of “morality” and “decency”). Watch John Water’s “This Filthy World” where he talks about having to steal the books the librarians had hidden behind the reference desk. Don’t take this comment the wrong way: this is a fine topic, just make sure you know who this information is for, and what (narrowly) will be contained in the content. Profiles of anti-censorship librarians? The history of censorship? The changed role of librarianship since the ALA became anti- versus pro- censorship?


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