Intellectual Freedom in Academic Libraries: Surveying Deans about Its Significance

Shannon M. Oltmann

Abstract

In this study, deans and directors of academic libraries were surveyed about intellectual freedom. The survey found that most respondents said they rarely think about intellectual freedom yet said it was “somewhat” or “very” important in their libraries. Most did not have formal intellectual freedom policies; they often relied on statements from the American Library Association or other library organizations. Copyright/intellectual property, privacy, plagiarism, and academic freedom were the most important concerns related to intellectual freedom. Although this study shed some light on intellectual freedom in academic libraries, further work remains to be done.

Full Text:

PDF HTML
Copyright Shannon M. Oltmann


Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Article Views (2017)

No data available

Contact ACRL for article usage statistics from 2010-April 2017.