January 26, 2022

Research Article: “Intellectual Freedom in Academic Libraries: Surveying Deans about its Significance” (Preprint)

The following accepted for publication article (preprint) is scheduled for final publication in the January 2018 issue of C&RL (College and Research Libraries).


Intellectual Freedom in Academic Libraries: Surveying Deans about its Significance


Shannon M. Oltmann
University of Kentucky


C&RL Website


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, but 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.

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