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

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Public Libraries And Advocacy: Spring 2014

Instructor:

Steve DelVecchio

School:

University of Washington

Semester:

Spring 2014

Description:

Public libraries provide a wide range of services and support those services with various of funding and governance models.

One thing that all public libraries have in common, especially in the United States where the funding is almost entirely both public and local, is the need for public library supporters and patrons to advocate for public library services and the resources needed to support those services. Unlike public schools and many other public services, public libraries are for the most part not mandated or supported fully in federal, state or local law.

We will explore public library advocacy by looking at the history, need and purpose of advocacy. We will also explore examples of advocacy efforts, as well as the structure, tools and techniques used to support those efforts. Underlying all of this we will keep in mind the need to fully understand the mission and role of the public library in the particular community it serves.

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

Link to Syllabus:

https://canvas.uw.edu/courses/898147/assignments/syllabus