TITLE

LIBRARIANS AND CENSORSHIP: THE ETHICAL IMPERATIVE

AUTHOR(S)
Cain, Charlene C.
PUB. DATE
January 2006
SOURCE
Louisiana Libraries;Winter2006, Vol. 68 Issue 3, p6
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses the ethical imperative of U.S. librarians to uphold freedom of information and intellectual freedom. The foundation of library work is the collection and maintenance of useful reading materials. At times, librarians have the tendency to censor material or resources which in their view may be repugnant or salacious. This contravenes the Library Bill of Rights because the act of pre-selection restricts access to the author's full intent, thus is equivalent to censorship. Librarians therefore must exercise objectivity in selecting materials for readership and ensure broad availability to the reader.
ACCESSION #
20195480

 

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