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IF Web Links & Resources

Web Links to Intellectual Freedom sites, information, and articles are grouped by the following topics:

  • Intellectual Freedom Overview
  • First Amendment
  • Filtering & CIPA
  • Network Neutrality & Equal Access
  • Social Online Networking & DOPA
  • Organizations
  • Professional Books & Resources

Updated December 8, 2015

Intellectual Freedom Overview

Kids, Know Your Rights! A Young Person’s Guide to Intellectual Freedom by ALSC. This four-page, full-color, PDF brochure is free to download and speaks directly to kids in grades 5 and up, using simplified, kid-friendly language to tackle such difficult, abstract ideas as challenges to the First Amendment, how censorship affects children, and how they can defend their right to read, privacy and confidentiality, and respecting the opinions of others....

American Civil Liberties Union - Free Speech This site includes updates on court cases involving the ACLU and news about current events related to intellectual freedom issues.

Center for Democracy and Technology There are links to information regarding democracy in the digital age including free speech, data privacy, government surveillance, and how to take action against censorship.

Federal Legislative Issues .The American Library Association (ALA) provides links to information about current legislative issues, including those that involve privacy, intellectual freedom, copyright, technology, literacy and others.

American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom Blog . Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF). The OIF launched a blog January 3 that features alerts, articles, commentary, links, and news in line with its mission to implement ALA policies concerning the concept of intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights.

The Free Expression Policy Project. The Free Expression Policy Project (FEPP), founded in 2000, provides research and advocacy on free speech, copyright, and media democracy issues. In May 2004, FEPP became part of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.

Thinking about IF. Cooperative Children's Book Center, University of Wisconsin- Madison. Contains links to an overview of intellectual freedom, professional statements, policies and procedures, self-censorship, and recommended books.

What IF . . . Cooperative Children's Book Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison. What IF is a question-and-answer forum about intellectual freedom and challenges to materials. This section of the CCBC site has very thoughtful answers to many every day type dilemmas for classrooms, school and public librarians and self-censorship.

First Amendment

The Freedom Forum Online. The Freedom Forum, based in Arlington, Va., is a nonpartisan, international foundation dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit for all people. The foundation focuses on three main priorities: the Newseum, First Amendment and newsroom diversity.

First Amendment Center. The First Amendment becomes complex in its application to electronic media. The First Amendment Center provides an overview, FAQ's, and cases & resources for various issues, i.e. filtering, cybersquatting, online libel, blogging, etc.

Privacy and Confidentiality (American Library Association). The American Library Association (ALA) affirms that rights of privacy are necessary for intellectual freedom. Read about First Amendment basics, ALA policies and statements on privacy, and links for additional resources.

Censorship & First Amendment (American Library Association). The American Library Association provides information about the First Amendment including links to organizations, resources, and notable court cases.

What Is Intellectual Freedom (American Association of School Librarians) brochure. The American Association of School Librarians has developed a new intellectual freedom brocure for members to download. The brochure offers insight and support for school library media programs facing censorship issues. There are also print and online resources and information on the ALS Code of Ethics.

Internet Issues (Free Expression Policy Project). The Free Expression Policy Project (FEPP) provides research and advocacy about Internet filters, rating systems, and other measures that restrict access to information and ideas in the digital age.

Book Censorship Toolkit (National Coalition Against Censorship). The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), founded in 1974, is an alliance of 50 national non-profit organizations, including literary, artistic, religious, educational, professional, labor, and civil liberties groups. It works educate its members and the public at large about the dangers of censorship and how to oppose them.

Filtering and CIPA

Internet Filters, Revised and Updated 2006. Marjorie Heins, Christina Cho, and Ariel Feldman, 2nd edition, published by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. This report surveys nearly 100 tests and studies of filtering products through 2006. An essential resource for the ongoing debate.

Filters and Filtering. This American Library Association (ALA) and its Internet Toolkit include everything from the basics to court proceedings to news to policies and organizations opposing filtering.

Filtering Tools and Issues. Created by Annette Lamb, 8/00. Updated 6/06. The Teacher Tap is a free, professional development resource that helps educators address common technology integration questions by providing practical, online resources and activities.

CIPA and Libraries. American Library Association (ALA) provides links to articles both past and present from various organizations on the Children's Internet Protection Act.

OpenNet Initiative Global Filtering Map.This interactive map shows the filtering and surveillance practices that are being proposed and put into place in order to "secure intellectual property rights," "protect national security," "preserve cultural norms and religious values," and "shield children from pornography and exploitation".

Network Neutrality and Equal Access

Network Neutrality. American Library Association (ALA) includes information about "net" neutrality, why it is important, and links to other resources and organizations.

SavetheInternet.Com. The coalition is made up of hundreds of groups from across the political spectrum and is coordinated by Free Press, a national, nonpartisan organization focused on media reform and Internet policy issues.

Net Neutrality, Resources. Public Knowledge is a Washington DC based advocacy group working to defend your rights in the emerging digital culture.

Social Online Networking & DOPA

Online Social Networking and Intellectual Freedom. ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom. Links to an audio podcast, script, and powerpoint developed to discuss important IF topics.

House revives DOPA bill.. On February 16, Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) reintroduced the Deleting Online Predators Act, H.R. 1120, apparently identical to a version that earned overwhelming approval last summer in the House, but did not make it through the Senate. The bill (H.R. 1120) withholds federal e-rate funding from libraries and schools that do not restrict the use of social networking websites by minors. DOPA follows the January 6 Senate introduction by Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) of the similar Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act (S. 49).

Open Congress, H.R. 1120. OpenCongress is a free, open-source, non-profit, and non-partisan web resource with a mission to make Congress more transparent and to encourage civic engagement. OpenCongress brings together official government data with news and blog coverage.

Interactive Web Applications Wiki . American Library Association (ALA). This site features all of the resources available within ALA concerning interactive web applications, DOPA, non-ALA resources, and articles about interactive web applications.

Social Networking technologies. Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), Teen Tech Week Wiki includes general information and links for resources to learn more about DOPA and social networking technologies. The Online Social Networking link inlcudes url's for libraries with MySpace, Flickr,, and other social networking accounts.

30 Positive Uses of Social Networking.Here is a link to a compilation of the daily posts on the YALSA blog in October 2006 about how social networking can be a positive force in teen lives.

Teen Content Creators and Consumers. Amanda Lenhart and Mary Madden, 11/2/05. The Pew Internet & American Life Project produces reports that explore the impact of the Internet. This report illustrates how and why teens use technology to communicate and create information. See also Social Networking Sites and Teens : An Overview a new national survey released Jan. 7, 2007


American Library Association Home Page. The mission of the American Library Association (ALA) is to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

Electronic Frontier Foundation. EFF is a nonprofit group of passionate people — lawyers, technologists, volunteers, and visionaries — working to protect digital rights.

American Association of School Librarians
The mission of the American Association of School Librarians is to advocate excellence, facilitate change, and develop leaders in the school library media field.

American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom
The Office for Intellectual Freedom is charged with implementing ALA policies concerning the concept of intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights, the Association’s basic policy on free access to libraries and library materials. The goal of the office is to educate librarians and the general public about the nature and importance of intellectual freedom in libraries.

Freedom to Read Foundation. ALA's Freedom to Read Foundation was established to promote and defend all individuals right to express their ideas without governmental interference, and to read and listen to the ideas of others.

CCBC IF Information Services. Cooperative Children's Book Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Wisconsin Library Association WLA brings together and supports people from all types of libraries to advocate and work for the improvement and development of library and information services for all of Wisconsin

Professional Books & Resources


Ensuring Intellectual Freedom and Access to Information in the School Library Media Program, by Helen Adams, 2008. Provides practical advice to library media specialists and supplementary reading to complement the ALA Intellectual Freedom Manual for library and information studies programs.

Intellectual Freedom Manual, Eighth edition, by Office for Intellectual Freedom, 2010. The Manual also is available online at (search for Intellectual Freedom Manual).

Privacy in the 21st Century Issues for Public, School, and Academic Libraries, by Helen R. Adams, Robert F. Bocher, Carol A. Gordon, Elizabeth Barry-Kessler, 2005. "Concentrating on privacy issues in public, school and academic libraries, this title pays particular attention to the effect of technology on personal privacy in these settings. In depth discussions of the laws effecting personal privacy and privacy in library settings will be explored. Recent laws enacted that impact individual privacy are discussed and explained. Special attention is given to the USA Patriot Act. Appendices with core privacy documents, sample privacy and confidentiality policies and outlines for privacy audits to be implemented in staff training situations in all types of libraries will add to the practicality of the book for individual librarians. It will be both a helpful handbook and a guide to encourage further study on these complex issues. Of particular interest is the impact of personal privacy on issues of accessibility to online databases and other online information in academic libraries."

Protecting Intellectual Freedom and Privacy in Your School Library. Helen R. Adams. Libraries Unlimited, 2013.. Helen R. Adams. Libraries Unlimited, 2013. More practical, hands-on advice linking principles to practice.

Infographics (printable pdfs):

Be Prepared for a Materials Challenge. Cooperative Children's Book Center, UW-Madison.

Materials Concern Checklist. Cooperative Children's Book Center, UW-Madison.

CCBC Intellectual Freedom Information Services. Cooperative Children's Book Center, UW-Madison.

Intellectual Freedom 101. Cooperative Children's Book Center, UW-Madison.