As it turns 20, IFLA’s Statement on Libraries and Intellectual Freedom retains its power as a reference point for libraries looking to promote their values. Come and discuss how it applies in changing times at the FAIFE Open Session at this year’s WLIC.
The last two decades have seen dramatic changes in how we create, share and receive information. There are new possibilities for expression and access, but also forms of restriction or distortion.
The need to protect and promote this freedom is as strong now as ever. While the fact that over half of the world’s population being online has to count as a success, there are growing concerns about internet content.
‘Fake News’, the response to extreme speech and efforts to fight copyright infringement can easily lead to excessive restrictions on freedoms. Technological progress means that more can be done to monitor and shape what people see online.
Two new IFLA documents – our Statement on Censorship, and Guidelines on Public Internet Access in Libraries – offer help, by providing a reference point and ideas on how to uphold key library values when faced with challenges.
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