Foundations of Intellectual Freedom

If you have ever found yourself explaining why we collect certain types of books, protecting a user's privacy by asking the police for a subpoena, or finding creative ways to remove barriers to access, this is the session for you. The workshop is divided into three sections that provide a short information component followed by a small group breakout, where attendees will be led through scenarios. These "Practical & Everyday's" are the focus of the workshop, when attendees will have the time to listen and work through real situations from libraries and come away with ideas and tools they can practically apply in their own libraries.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop a broad understanding of intellectual freedom as a professional value and be able to recall ALA guidelines, policies and best practices in intellectual freedom.
  2. Identify areas in library policy, procedure and application of service where barriers to access should be removed, privacy should be protected and more inclusive considerations could increase inclusiveness.
  3. Apply the 5 steps to having purposeful conversations about intellectual freedom issues when responding to users and coworkers.

Target Audience:


Homework Expectations and Completion Requirements: The course will be a combination of lectures, reading, written assignments, exercises, and presentations. Students will be expected to complete at least one assignment or project related to each objective and participate in in-class discussions and exercises.

  • This course requires individual participation and homework assignments.
  • It is designed for individual participation; each individual must register.
  • Attendees will watch prerecorded lectures before each live facilitated discussion session. Attendees will also be given opportunities to reflect on what they have learned after each session through discussion board posts.

Technical Requirements:
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Session Duration:
This course consists of 3 2-hour live session(s) and 3 1-hour recorded sessions.

Instructors:  Tiffany Mautino (, Colleen Norman (, and Joe Kohlburn (

Continuing Education Credit:
Contact Hours: 9

February 16 - 2, 2022

10:00 am - 12:00 pm CST

Online Classroom
United States

Phone: 800-843-8482

Amigos Member Early Bird Individual Registration $ 315.00
Non-member Early Bird Individual Registration $ 355.00