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CFE Initiative

Promoting Libraries & Intellectual Freedom

Libraries are crucial public gateways to information and knowledge, with a foundational commitment to intellectual freedom. The Centre for Free Expression actively supports libraries and promotes intellectual freedom through public education, training of library staff, research, publications, a speakers bureau, and provision of services such as the CFE Library Challenges Database that assists libraries in dealing with challenges to items in their collections as well as to their programs and provision of community services.

Under Attack?
Is your library under attack for books in your collection, programs sponsored by the library, or making space available to community groups? CFE provides advice and assistance in dealing with challenges to intellectual freedom. For information on how to contact CFE and keep your communications secure, please read this guide.
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CFE Working Group on Intellectual Freedom
The Centre for Free Expression’s Work on Intellectual Freedom is guided by the CFE Working Group on Intellectual Freedom – a group of nationally and internationally recognized experts and library leaders.
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CFE Commentaries on Libraries and Intellectual Freedom
CFE Commentaries explore the growing challenges to intellectual freedom faced by libraries in Canada and what can be done.
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Public Library Policies Database
This is a searchable database of Canadian libraries’ policies related to intellectual freedom – collections, programs, displays, internet use, room rental, staff code of ethics.
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Library Challenges Database
A new, fully searchable database of challenges Canadian libraries have faced to items in their collections, programs, displays, space usage, and computer access.
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Base de données des contestations de la bibliothèque
Nouvelle base de données consultable des défis auxquels les bibliothèques canadiennes sont confrontées concernant des articles de leurs collections, leurs programmes, leurs affiches, l’utilisation de leurs locaux et leur accès informatique.
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Demise of School Libraries: Consequences & Options
Michael W. Apple, Brandi Bartok, Kamaljit Purewal, Dianne Oberg and Richard Beaudry examine what the demise of school libraries and the phasing out of teacher-librarians mean and what options we have to reverse the damage.
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Canadian Authors and Books: An Endangered Species?
Drew Hayden Taylor, Pilar Martinez, Barb Minett, Jim Lorimer, and Victor Rabinovitch discuss why is there a decline in sales and borrowing of books by Canadians; what this means for Canada; and what can be done.
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Recommended Reading on Censorship
Libraries have long faced demands for censorship of books in their collections, programs, displays, and even who has access to library services. Knowing the history and effects of censorship is essential to be able to defend and promote intellectual freedom.
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CFE Speakers Bureau
Interested in having a speaker on intellectual freedom for your organization? The CFE Speakers Bureau provides top keynote speakers and experts to inspire, educate and motivate your audience.
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More About Intellectual Freedom
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Censorship
Information on a closely related issue
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Academic Freedom
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Freedom of Expression & Its Limits
Information on a closely related issue
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