You are on page 1of 4

Intellectual Freedom Rights and Responsibilities Intellectual Freedom concerns the rights of media center users in selecting any

material that interests them without restriction or bias. Intellectual Freedom is legally protected under the first amendment to the constitution. The American Library Association has created the Library Bill of Rights and The Freedom to Read Statement in order to further explain those rights as they relate to media center users.
The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services. I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation. II. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval. III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment. IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas. V. A persons right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views. VI. Libraries that make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.

The media specialist has an important role in protecting and preserving the rights of its users in accessing materials and resources regardless of age, gender, race, or disability. The media specialist Is not responsible for rating or labeling material according to possible offending content. Is not responsible for determining who is allowed access to media center materials Should provide materials that are balanced, representing multiple perspectives or singular issues in a variety of formats. Materials should be selected or weeded solely based on selection criteria. Should not restrict material based on conflicting personal or community beliefs. Should not restrict access to information on the Internet Should communicate with administration, faculty members, and the community in regard to intellectual freedom policies in the media center.

Challenged Material Policy At some point, materials accessed through the media center may be challenged. It is important to have a policy in place. If a challenge to library material arises, the following steps should be followed: 1. The media specialist should hear the challenge against selected materials calmly and reasonably. 2. The person or group bringing the complaint should complete a Request for Review of Library Materials. 3. The media specialist should refer the person or group bringing the complaint to school administration. 4. The media specialist should send a copy of the completed Request for Review to the School Superintendent. 5. The Superintendent should create a committee to read and review the challenged material. The committee should consist of one principal, one media specialist, one department head, and one classroom teacher. These should be from grades levels and subjects that correspond to the material being challenged. The committee shall read the material, consider previous published reviews, and weigh the faults and benefits of the of the material. The committee shall then discuss findings and create a written report. 6. The report of the review committee on the challenged material will then go to the superintendant and be disclosed to the complaining party by the superintendant. 7. No material will be removed from the media center collection due to complaint without following the full process of the Challenged Materials Policy. Request for Review of Library Materials Title: Author: Publisher: Format of Material for Review: Review requested by: Who is in association with ___ self or _____ organization Name of organization or group if applicable: Telephone: Address: How did you come into contact with this material from our media center? Did you completely read the material? Please explain in full your objection to the material. What do you believe is the purpose of this material? What would you like the library to do in response to your objection to this material? Date: ______ Signature person requesting review:______________________________

Internet Use Policy: Computers and access to internet resources are provided to students for educational use in order to provide students with 21st century experience with communication, research, and learning. New technology is now an integral part of education and a valuable tool when used wisely. As the internet is an open resource, there can also be pitfalls and dangers when accessing information; hence, the school is providing guidelines for use. Rights and Privileges: All users accessing technology resources through the school should comply with guidelines provided within this policy as well as the school handbook. In order to have access to the internet, the student and parent (if student is a minor) must read and sign this Internet Use Policy. Access to the internet is a privilege, not a right. Therefore, users violating the guidelines of this policy are subject to revocation of privileges as well as disciplinary action when appropriate as outlined in the student handbook. Internet use by all users may be monitored. Acceptable Use: The internet and technology resources are provided to the student for educational purposes. Students use should be of educational value. Report any concern over the security of your account or the system to a teacher, media specialist, or principal. Report any inappropriate material or communication that makes you feel uncomfortable. Unacceptable Use: Be polite. Do not send abusive message and use appropriate non-explicit language and images. Remember that the internet is public domain. Anything you say and do will be in the public eye. Do not send or intentionally receive material that violates state law, federal law, or school policy. These include but are not limited to commercial activities for profit, lobbying, criminal activity, terrorism, sexual harassment, pornography, gambling, or racism. Do not use the network in any way that would disrupt network use by others. Do not publish copyrighted materials without following guidelines for documentation regarding those items. Do not reveal your personal address, phone number, social security number, or any other vital information, nor such information of other students or staff. Service Disclaimer: The school system cannot be held responsible for technology services provided to students and staff. Damages such as loss of data, non-delivery of information, service interruptions, or student error are not the responsibility of the school. Use of any information acquired from the schools information system is at the students own risk and accuracy is not guaranteed.

I have read the Internet Use Policy and understand the guidelines and directives stated within. I understand that misuse of school resources, network and otherwise, may result in loss of privileges as well as possible disciplinary action. Users full name: Users signature: Parent signature: Date: