Compiled by the Intellectual Freedom Special Interest Group of the Wisconsin Library Association

Updated 3/28/2022


Intellectual Freedom is the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction. It provides for free access to all expressions of ideas through which any and all sides of a question, cause or movement may be explored. 

-ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom

(Local Resource) Cooperative Children’s Book Center Intellectual Freedom Information Services

The Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) confidentially assists Wisconsin librarians and teachers when they are facing potential or actual book challenges. The CCBC will compile and send information about the specific title or titles. The information available varies from book to book, but may include the following:

  • Professional reviews
  • Awards & distinctions that the book has received
  • Articles about the book, or relating to the nature of the complaint

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ALA Legislative Toolkit

 The American Library Association (ALA) has published a State Legislative Toolkit to help organizations advance state legislation that supports libraries, library workers, and the communities they serve. The State Legislative Toolkit offers advocates guidance to effectively navigate legislative sessions proactively, as well as respond to adverse legislation; tools and resources for developing well-written library policies; contact information for ALA’s intellectual freedom and legislative support services; and more. Authored by the Public Policy and Advocacy Office, in partnership with the Office for Intellectual Freedom.

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Intellectual Freedom News

A free weekly compilation of news delivered to your inbox by the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, including current book challenges in libraries and schools, and articles about privacy, internet filtering, academic freedom, censorship, and free speech

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 AASL Defending Intellectual Freedom: LGBTQ+ Materials in School Libraries resource guide

American Association of School Librarians (AASL) resource guide is a source for quick answers to difficult questions; a place to find advice and activities designed to help school librarians learn more about LGBTQ+ materials and how school libraries benefit from their inclusion; an example of how the AASL Standards Framework can be used to unpack, explore, and learn more about any topic or issue.

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Foundational Intellectual Freedom Documents (Oregon Library Association)

Part of the Oregon Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom toolkit, this is a compilation of foundational Intellectual Freedom documents.