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Intellectual freedom and censorship are two different sides of the same coin You cannot have intellectual freedom if censorship is being practiced Censorship happens at different levels according to the American Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee Censorship could be simply an inquire as to why a certain item was purchased up to and including the removal of material from open access How can libraries be a place where information can be deciphered and a belief born How can the general content of a library be of the widest possible variety Can diversification of materials be implemented to foster an atmosphere of intellectual freedom Will a small segment of society be able to dictate what the policy is for obtaining materials for the library The United States Constitution in the First Amendment guarantees the right to free speech even if the ideas expressed seem to be unusual unpopular or politically incorrect Can librarians help guard this precious freedom by ensuring there are materials available to use from which ideas may be formulated Will the constraints of a budget omit the need to defend the collection from those that would censor the collection Clients of a library need to understand why a vast array of materials are needed on any one particular subject instead of a single copy of one source The right of the individual to access a variety of materials on a single subject matter also needs to be protected A purchasing policy needs to be adopted and followed when obtaining new materials for the library When a purchasing policy is in place there are written guidelines for what will be purchased and how many copies will be purchased An individual or a group then asking why a certain piece of material was acquired for the library can be referred to the written policy on purchasing new materials or the acquisition policy Written statements of policy automatically help defend your position
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