May 20, 2022

“Access by Right – 20 Years of the IFLA Statement on Libraries and Intellectual Freedom” + New Statement on Censorship & Guidelines on Public Internet Access in Libraries

From the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA):

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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About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.