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Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF)

Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF)


The Office for Intellectual Freedom is charged with implementing ALA policies concerning the concept of intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights, the Association's basic policy on free access to libraries and library materials. The goal of the office is to educate librarians and the general public about the nature and importance of intellectual freedom in libraries. The office undertakes information, support, and coordination activities. These include distributing materials and information, preparing regular and special publications, supervising liaison with the Freedom to Read Foundation and the LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund, serving as liaison to the Intellectual Freedom Committee, coordinating activities of state intellectual freedom committees, monitoring state legislation affecting intellectual freedom, and cooperating with other organizations whose purposes are similar to ALA's regarding intellectual freedom. Related materials can be found under Record Group 6 at the ALA Archives.

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