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INTELECTUAL FREEDOM DISCUSSED AT THE LIBRARY ASSOCIATION MEMBERS' DAY

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Intellectual freedom and extremism on the internet was the theme of The Library Association members' day on 22 Octo...
Intellectual freedom and extremism on the internet was the theme of The Library Association members' day on 22 October 1998. President Bob Usherwood urged the profession not to be afraid to make value judgements about content on the internet, and guest speaker, Ann Symonds, president of the American Library Association, spoke about intellectual freedom and how the world wide web is challenging some old certainties.

Ms Symonds said: 'Perhaps the most challenging issue is reconciling our core principles and practises with the revolutionary transformations that technology - specifically the internet - is bringing to our libraries and our users. In my opinion, the most important of these principles - indeed that which forms the very foundation for library service - is intellectual freedom.'

Concern about regulation of the internet in Europe and the United States will ensure that this subject will remain high on the professional and political agenda.
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