Reference File, 1944-
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Brief Description:

Reference file of the Office for Intellectual Freedom containing publications and articles produced by the Office for Intellectual Freedom, including editions 1, 3-7 of the Intellectual Freedom Manual (1974-2006), concerning the Library Bill of Rights, Freedom to Read, Banned Books Week (book challenges and teaching banned books), intellectual freedom, censorship and law. This series also includes some non-ALA publications, including the federal government's ten volume Report of the Commission on Pornography and Obscenity (COP), published in 1970.

Note that the following three record series have been folded in their entirety into this new record series:

6/3/3 Intellectual Freedom Manual, 1974

6/3/4 Banned Books Week, 1984-1994

6/3/11 Other Publications and Articles on Censorship and Intellectual Freedom, 1970-

Held at:
The American Library Association Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61802
Phone: 217 333 0798
Fax: 217 244 2868
Email: ala-archives [at]
Record Series Number: 6/3/3
Created by: Office for Intellectual Freedom
Volume: 4.2 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 7/1989; 5/27/2006;12/17/2009; 7/26/2010; 3/1/2012; 2/13/2017; 9/15/2017; 10/15/2020; 5/25/2021; 6/1/2021
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Arrangement: Chronological
Biographical Note for Office for Intellectual Freedom :

In December 1967, the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) was established to provide ALA with a permanent headquarters to coordinate the association's intellectual freedom activities and to provide continuity for the total program (1). The OIF's major concern is to educate librarians and the general public on the importance of intellectual freedom as it relates to the individual, the institution, and the functioning of our society, thereby allowing the Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) to concentrate on developing policy (2). The goal of the OIF is to encourage and protect the librarian's commitment to the principles of intellectual freedom, both in pursuit of professional responsibilities and in personal life (3).

Serving as the administrative arm of the IFC, the OIF is responsible for the implementation of ALA policies on intellectual freedom, as set forth in the Library Bill of Rights and its supporting documents. Its functions include:

1. Distribution of materials and information, including advice and consultation to librarians concerning potential or actual confrontations with censorship problems, and administration of the Program in Support of the Library Bill of Rights; (4)

2. Preparing regular and special publication, including the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom, a monthly column in American Libraries, the OIF Memorandum, The Intellectual Freedom Manual, The Freedom to Read Foundation News, and an annual bibliography, Librarians, Censorship, and Intellectual Freedom;

3. Maintaining the permanent and traveling OIF exhibits; (5)

4. Supervising liason with the Freedom to Read Foundation, the LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund, serving as liaison to the IFC, coordinating activities of state intellectual freedom committees, and cooperating with organizations whose purposes are related to intellectual freedom; (6)

5. Administering the Emergency Employment Network, a network of libraries which offers interim employment to librarians who suffer loss of employment due to intellectual freedom policies (7).

Subject Index
Freedom to Read
Intellectual Freedom
Library Bill of Rights
Languages of Materials
English [eng]