Share Your Censorship Story

Share your censorship story, ALA Office for Intellectual FreedomThe American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) encourages library workers and educators to amplify the "Share Your Censorship Story" message during this end-of-the-year initiative. Article III of the Library Bill of Rights states, “Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.” The information gathered from these reports helps OIF: 

  • Stay on top of trends
  • Supply library workers crucial tools, resources, workshops, and programs
  • Compile the Top 10 Most Challenged Books list and trend reports for public awareness

Challenges, bans or access issues can be reported using this form by December 31, 2019. Below are tools to encourage colleagues to report censorship incidents. 

 

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Give back by speaking up. This season, share your 2019 censorship story to help OIF respond to censorship trends: http://www.ala.org/tools/challengesupport/report

 

What books made the Top 10 Most Challenged Books list? Help us find out by sharing censorship incidents that happened in your library or school in 2019 by Dec. 31: http://www.ala.org/tools/challengesupport/report 

 

Article III of the Library Bill of Rights states, “Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.” Share your censorship story with OIF to defend the rights of readers: http://www.ala.org/tools/challengesupport/report

 

82-97% of challenges remain unreported. Don’t be left in the dark. Confront “silent censorship” by sharing your story with OIF: http://www.ala.org/tools/challengesupport/share 

 

 Has your library or school received in 2019:

                    ► A request to cancel a program

                    ► A complaint about a display or exhibit

                    ► A book with hateful drawings inside or profanity marked out

Report these cases to OIF confidentially by Dec. 31 to help other professionals: http://www.ala.org/tools/challengesupport/report  

 

Listserv Ideas

Below are some ideas on who to reach out to via email. Even if you aren’t personally subscribed to a list, you may know someone who could post on your behalf. 

  • Institutional all staff, learning communities, or professional committee lists
  • County, district, or system lists
  • State association leadership, members, or sections
  • Interest groups for public, academic or school librarians lists
  • Interest lists for graphic novels, youth, programming, reference, or specific topics lists
  • Faculty in library schools, teacher organizations, civil liberties groups, advocacy, state libraries, or educational network lists

 

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