Challenges and Issues Today

"A democratic society operates best when information flows freely and is freely available, and it is the library's unique responsibility to provide open, unfettered, and confidential access to that information. With information available and accessible, individuals have the tools necessary for self-improvement and participation in the political process."

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Online resources cited in this chapter

From Rights of Youth

Minors' Rights to Receive Information Under the First Amendment

From The Internet and Digital Information Services

From Privacy and Confidentiality

Privacy Tool Kit

From Service to Diverse Populations

Religion in American Libraries: Questions and Answers

From Notes