*Scenario 1:* A pregnant person approaches Alex, who is sitting at the
reference desk, and introduces themselves as Gia. Gia asks Alex to help
them find some anti-vaccination literature. Gia tells Alex that their peers
at a pregnancy support group have been vocal about the importance of
vaccinating babies, and Gia wants to give them information about the
dangers of vaccinating children.

*Scenario 2:* While reviewing emails sent to the library’s general
inquiries email address, Dan reads an email which recommends an item for
the library collection. The book denounces the existence of the COVID-19
virus. Attached to the email is a petition signed by 20 people who support
having the book in the library’s collection.

*Scenario 3:* Julie, Head of Marketing and Communications for her library
system, receives an urgent phone message from the Library Board Chair
asking her to respond to a column in the local LGBTQ+ newspaper that is
demanding the library remove unscientific homophobic and transphobic
materials from its nonfiction collection.

*Have you ever had a similar experience, where you had to balance the
library’s commitment to intellectual freedom and providing access to all
viewpoints against the potential harms of medical disinformation?*

Researchers at the University of British Columbia, in partnership with the
British Columbia Library Association, are conducting a study titled,
intellectual freedom and medical disinformation in Canadian
libraries.*” Canadian
libraries have long been supporters and defenders of intellectual freedom.
Certain types of materials have always posed challenges to intellectual
freedom ideals, and libraries have faced difficult decisions regarding how
to balance issues of intellectual freedom and stemming the tide of health

*We are seeking volunteer interview participants* to help us understand how
Canadian libraries and library workers have been negotiating these
difficult topics, and what considerations might exist for different types
of libraries in diverse communities across the country.

*To be eligible for an interview, you must: *

1.       Live in Canada;

2.     Be at least 19 years old;

2.       Work or have previously worked in a Canadian library;

3.       Have experienced challenges related to intellectual freedom and/or
medical disinformation in your role or job with a Canadian library; and

4.     Be able to complete an online or telephone interview in English.

Participation involves a brief demographic survey and a 60-minute interview
about your experiences and perspective. The interview will be conducted by
UBC researchers and can be completed by telephone or through other secure
online means such as UBC’s Zoom platform.

Participation is completely voluntary. *For more information about the
study or to let us now that you are interested in participating in the
study, *please send us an email to [log in to unmask] or leave a phone
message at 604-822-5305. Please mention the study *Intellectual freedom and
medical disinformation*, leave your name and the best way to contact you
about the study.


*Rina Hadziev, MLIS (she/her) *how to pronounce my name

* Executive Director British Columbia Library Association *Email:
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Phone: 250-812-3893


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