on May 17, 2019 Library Education Webinars

Webinar: Practicing Intellectual Freedom in Libraries

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Originally presented May 15, 2019

In this free one-hour webinar, Shannon Oltmann lasy out a framework for understanding and practicing intellectual freedom as a librarian.

Intellectual freedom is central to librarianship in the United States. It's essential to freedom of speech and how that freedom plays out in local communities. It's something we need to consider as we make decisions about everyday things like internet filtering, collection development and weeding, meeting rooms and exhibit spaces, programming, and as we address fake news and misinformation.

This webinar will be helpful for a wide range of people. For new librarians, it offers a solid introduction to intellectual freedom. For more experienced scholars and librarians, it will reference new research and offer unique analysis of the subject.

After viewing the webinar, you should be able to:

  • Describe applications of intellectual freedom to your librarianship
  • Describe the legal and theoretical bases for intellectual freedom in the United States
  • Describe how your library's community affects the interpretation and application of intellectual freedom



Click the link below to download the slides from Shannon's presentation here:

Practicing Intellectual Freedom In Libraries.pptx


Shannon Oltmann

Shannon M. Oltmann is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Science at the University of Kentucky. She obtained her PhD in information science from Indiana University-Bloomington. Her research interests include censorship, intellectual freedom, information policy, public libraries, privacy, and qualitative research methods. She has presented her research at many academic conferences, and her work has been published in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Library Quarterly, Public Libraries Quarterly, Collection Management, Libri, and Library and Information Science Research.

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