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Section: LB 7
FREEDOM TO VIEW
The purpose of this policy is to affirm and endorse the following Freedom to View statement as endorsed by the American Library Association.
Freedom to View StatementThe FREEDOM TO VIEW, along with the freedom to speak, to hear, and to read, is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. In a free society, there is no place for censorship of any medium of expression. Therefore these principles are affirmed:
- To provide the broadest access to film, video, and other audiovisual materials because they are a means for the communication of ideas. Liberty of circulation is essential to insure the constitutional guarantee of freedom of expression.
- To protect the confidentiality of all individuals and institutions using film, video, and other audiovisual materials.
- To provide film, video, and other audiovisual materials which represent a diversity of views and expression. Selection of a work does not constitute or imply agreement with or approval of the content.
- To provide a diversity of viewpoints without the constraint of labeling or prejudging film, video, or other audiovisual materials on the basis of the moral, religious, or political beliefs of the producer or filmmaker or on the basis of controversial content.
- To contest vigorously, by all lawful means, every encroachment upon the public's freedom to view.
Endorsed January 10, 1990, by the ALA Council
This policy is reviewed by the Library Director (or designee) every five years and makes recommendations to the Library Board Program/Policy Committee. The Committee reviews and advances to the full Library Board for approval.