The purpose of the James M. Milne Library is to support research, cultivate scholarship and creativity, empower discovery, and preserve and disseminate knowledge for the SUNY Oneonta community. Student success, scholarly excellence, and community engagement require free and unrestricted access to information and to a wide spectrum of viewpoints and theories. the Library will strive to guarantee open access of information to the best of our ability so all students, faculty, staff and our community can be granted privacy of inquiry, confidentiality and no fear of censure or examination.
The Library endorses the policy statements on intellectual freedom, privacy of inquiry, and confidentiality of library records promoted by the American Library Association and set forth in the following documents:
A strong intellectual freedom perspective is critical to the development of academic library collections, services, and instruction that dispassionately meets the education and research needs of a college or university community. The purpose of this statement is to outline how and where intellectual freedom principles fit into an academic library setting, thereby raising consciousness of the intellectual freedom context within which academic librarians work. The following principles should be reflected in all relevant library policy documents.
Approved by ACRL Board of Directors: June 29, 1999 and adopted July 12, 2000, by the ALA Council; amended on July 1, 2014.