Intellectual Freedom: Fall 2013

Instructor:

Rebecca Knuth

School:

University of Hawaii

Semester:

Fall 2013

Description:

Seminar course surveying the core philosophical principles of intellectual freedom with special application to librarianship and information science. Covers key areas of controversy, patron rights, and ALA resources.

Required Textbook:

Karolides, N., et al. 2011. 120 Banned Books: Censorship Histories of World Literature, 2nd ed.
Knuth, R. 2006. Burning Books and Leveling Libraries: Extremist Violence and Cultural Destruction.

Link to Syllabus:

http://www.hawaii.edu/lis/content/syllabi/611_knuth_f13.pdf

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Intellectual Freedom In Libraries: Winter 2014

Instructor:

Steve DelVecchio

School:

University of Washington

Semester:

Winter 2014

Description:

Intellectual freedom is often articulated as a core value and principle for most public and academic libraries in the United States—and many other countries. It is also held up by many as a core value of American society and political culture.

Yet actual history and contemporary practice call into question whether this is a principle honored more in the abstract than in practice, even in libraries.

We will explore both the history and intellectual foundations of intellectual freedom and its practice in libraries—and look at it from different perspectives in libraries today.

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

Link to Syllabus:

https://canvas.uw.edu/courses/883067