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Bozeman attorney Brian Close is available to consult with Montana librarians and trustees on intellectual freedom issues in libraries from a legal perspective.  There is no fee for these basic consultations.  Contact him by email or at 300 N Willson Ave,  Bozeman MT 59715, 406-582-0478.


Banned in the Big Sky - presented at MLA Conference 2010 by MLA IFC and ACLU Montana


Sample policies, letters, justifications, and forms, and past training materials


ACLU Montana


ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom


ALA Interpretations of the Library Bill of Rights (issues relating to new media, special problems)


ALA Challenge Support


Freedom to Read Foundation  


National Coalition Against Censorship


NCTE's Five Most Helpful Online Resources


IFLA Quotes on Intellectual Freedom and Censorship




Comic Book Legal Defense Fund 


Media Coalition 


Check out some books available on interlibrary loan from the Montana State Library:


The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges - by James LaRue.  LaRue is a Colorado public librarian who has a a lot of experience with challenges to library materials. The book shows how to apply professional principles and common sense to successfully resolve attempts at censorship in libraries.  Sample forms and letters and other resources are included.


Defending Access with Confidence: a Practical Workshop on Intellectual Freedom - by Catherine Lord.  This Public Library Association Publication is a comprehensive IF workshop in a kit.  The kit contains everything needed to produce a day long workshop on Intellectual Freedom at your library.  Includes training outline and schedule, powerpoint presentation on CD, participant handouts, and more.


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