Martha Merrill

I teach school library media specialists in the College of Education at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville,AL. For a number of years I have been involved with intellectual freedom issues.

I have chaired committees and served on committees concerned with intellectual freedom at the national, regional, and state levels. I have used NCTE materials many times.

I have always believed that the two allies in a school should be the school library media specialists and the English teachers. Their concerns over use of books and now the Internet are quite similar.

The American Library Association has several policy statements concerning the right to read and to view. Its Library Bill of Rights is the main document with several Interpretations of that document as situations arise with electronic resources for example.

The American Library Association was the lead plantiff in the law suit that resulted in a unanimous Supreme Court ruling in June that the Communications Decency Act was unconstitutional. It would have been devastating for all types of libraries and teachers.

I have a site to propose for inclusion on the list. ALA has developed a site that lists 50 sites for teachers. However, I realize that my notes are at work and not with me. I'll email it later.

Look forward to working with you.

Martha Merrill
Professor of Instructional Media
Cole Library
Jacksonville State University
Jacksonville, AL 36265
(205) 782-5011