Defend Students’ Intellectual Freedom

adams1This month at School Library Connection, we’ve been focusing on all the ways our school libraries serve as incubators for our democracy. But creating a space that nurtures our “citizens-in-training” is about more than just our instruction, it’s also about ensuring students’ free access to resources representing diverse points of view. Giving students the opportunities they need to practice civic skills goes hand in hand with defending students’ intellectual freedom as we train the future leaders of our world.

In this sneak peek from her Intellectual Freedom workshop, Helen Adams gives a basic overview of how and why you should be an advocate for intellectual freedom at your school. Subscribers can access the entire workshop here, where you’ll also find practical step-by-step guidance on selection policies, navigating through challenges to materials, and protecting students’ intellectual freedom online.


Helen R. Adams, MLS, is an online instructor for Antioch University-Seattle in the areas of intellectual freedom, privacy, and copyright. She formerly worked as a school librarian in Wisconsin, and served as president of AASL. She is a member of the ALA American Libraries Advisory Committee, the ALA Privacy Subcommittee, and the AASL Knowledge Quest Advisory Board, and she is the author of Protecting Intellectual Freedom and Privacy in Your School Library (Libraries Unlimited 2013).