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Proposal for Allocation of Electronic Intellectual Resources1 The Problem Because of historical reasons and the rapid pace of technological change we are faced with a problem The Library which has a mandate to support lifelong self-directed learning equitable access and intellectual freedom 1 is not the organization currently charged with the responsibility for many types of electronic media on campus Instead that responsibility currently lies with a myriad of different computing organizations on campus the Department of Computing Services DCS the Mathematics Faculty Computing Facility MFCF the Arts Faculty Computing Office etc While they are very capable technically none of these organizations have formal training in the principles of selection and intellectual freedom which are a fundamental part of the librarian s craft 2 One unfortunate consequence is that a few decisions have been taken to eliminate certain topics from our electronic media without the same regard for intellectual freedom that is afforded more traditional media at this university This amounts to what most people would certainly recognize as censorship if similar rules were applied to books for example 3 Perhaps it is because some still do not recognize the new electronic media as providing a valuable intellectual resource that attempts to demonstrate that this censorship is unacceptable in a university community have fallen on deaf ears 4 Electronic intellectual resources such as Usenet continue to be treated in a sense like orphans Despite their increasing usefulness to the community there remains no formal specific commitment from University administrators or departments to provide these resources on an equitable basis to all students It may be partly due to historical accident that no group has officially adopted the responsibility for our orphan electronic resources but as long as our top administrators remain divorced from this technology there unfortunately seems little prospect for change 5 Thus we are compelled to address this issue at least within the Mathematics Faculty It would clearly be more desirable if a
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