For School Library Media Specialists



  Intellectual Freedom 101 - presented at Park High School on November 18, 2010 

       Power Point Slide Presentation 

       Presentation Links - to resources discussed during the session

       Exercises  - real-life Montana school censorship scenarios 


Take a look at some examples of Policies Relating to Intellectual Freedom



AASL Essential Links  Intellectual Freedom resources from the American Association of School Librarians

School Library Media Centers and Intellectual Freedom  toolkit from the American Library Association

Intellectual Freedom Manual 8  online supplement to the to the print edition from ALA

National Council of Teachers of English Anti-Censorship Center includes the Five Most Helpful Resources and more.


Reconsideration Procedures Flowchart:


Letters and justifications:


Additional Resources: 


News from the trenches - Managing censorship attempts in the school library: 

"If I only knew then, what I know now..."  Listen to this interview (mp3 file) with Lockwood Middle School Library Media Specialist Johanna Freivalds on her experience with a challenge to "The Guy Book" and other titles.  The interview is around 50 minutes long and takes a little while to load.  Be patient - it's worth the wait.


A dirty Little Secret: self-censorship  - from School Library Journal.


From the Field:  Librarians talk about self censorship


Walk the Line:  the fine line between selection & censorship - further reading.





Intellectual Freedom 101  November - December 2007  vol 36  Issue 2

Intellectual Freedom Online  September - October 2010  vol 39  Issue 1

Censorship Videos

Censorship in the schools (pico) 

Teen’s take on censorship  

Overcome censorship in your school 

Looking for Alaska - I am not a pornographer  

Censorship videos 

Banned Books #1  

Banned Books #2

Banned Books #3

Banned Books #4