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
From The Internet and Digital Information Services
- Questions and Answers: Access to Digital Information, Services, and Networks, An Interpretation to the Library Bill of Rights
- Libraries and the Internet Toolkit
From Privacy and Confidentiality
From Service to Diverse Populations
- Fostering Media Diversity in Libraries: Strategies and Actions
- Resolution in Support of Immigrant Rights
- Digital Media and Learning, John D. McArthur Foundation
- Fifth Period is Facebook: Why Schools Should Stop Blocking Social Network Sites, Nicholas Bramble, Slate, December 27, 2009
- 'I've Got Nothing to Hide' and Other Misunderstandings of Privacy, Daniel J. Solove, San Diego Law Review 44 (2007): 765
- The Eternal Value of Privacy, Bruce Schneier, Wired, May 6, 2006.