The Maine Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Advocacy Group has the general charge to support intellectual freedom as guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Library Bill of Rights of the American Library Association. Some of our goals are to:
We also provide information and guidance to libraries in which a book or other informational or artistic object’s (art, sculpture, periodical, etc.) presence is challenged, and serve as a conduit for Intellectual Freedom matters generated by the American Library Association and other reliable sources.
The Intellectual Freedom Advocacy Group also generates original materials that may be of use to Maine librarians in helping to better educate themselves and their patrons about Intellectual Freedom matters.
Report & Support
The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) encourages everyone to report any and all challenges to materials, online resources (including databases), programs, speakers, displays, reading lists, and author visits. MLA works closely with the ALA OIF to support Maine libraries that receive challenges.
Use of these materials
These materials can be used as background information, or may be copied or excerpted for activities such as library programs or presentations for the public or library staff. These are PDF files that contains both slides and presenter notes. These materials are offered under a Creative Commons license (CC BY). Use it as you see fit but please credit the source.