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Celebrating International Day for the Universal Access to Information

Sep 28, 2020

#UniversalAccesstoInformation  #IDUAI  #AccessToInfoDay #RightToKnow

Intellectual freedom is a universal human right that involves both physical and intellectual access to information and ideas. Libraries provide physical access through facilities, resources, and services. Libraries foster intellectual access through educational programs and instruction in essential information skills” (ALA Council, 2009, para. 1).

Did you know that on September 28, the International Day for the Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) is held?  Each year, this day promotes and reminds us of the importance of accessing and sharing information for all.

The importance of access to information cannot be understated as it is crucial for an informed citizenry and democratic society.  Access to information encourages transparency, fights corruption, and helps to foster a healthy society  (National Day Calendar, 2020).

Librarians advocate for access, democracy, lifelong learning and intellectual freedom, as core values of our profession.  We believe that information resources should be “readily, equally, and equitably accessible to all library users” (American Library Association, 2019).  Further, we believe in the principles of intellectual freedom and the importance of sharing differing perspectives in an effort to resist censorship.

Ottawa Public Library advocates for and promotes intellectual freedom and sharing of information as essential for a democratic society, and as embodied in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, The Canadian Federation of Library Associations, and Ontario Library Association.  We are committed to providing services that are inclusive and barrier-free, providing equity of access to all members of our community.

Would you like to learn more?  Check out some of the following resources

Ottawa Public Library Statement on Intellectual Freedom