The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) encourages library workers and educators to amplify the "Report Censorship" message. 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. Below are tools to encourage colleagues to report censorship incidents.
- Submit a reporting form to share what materials or services were challenged or censored. All personal and institutional information submitted via this form is kept confidential.
- Add a graphic to your newsletter or website
- Post on social media or retweet OIF
- Share the ALA press release or blog post "Should I Report Censorship?"
- Email a professional listserv (Here’s a sample email you can customize and a few e-list ideas.)
Sample Social Media Posts
Give back by speaking up. Share your 2020 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: 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
Not all challenges are to ink and paper — some have to do with URLs and mouse-clicks. Has your library/school received a challenge to a database or LibGuide? Please share your story using our online form: 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/report
Has your library or school received:
► 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 to help other professionals: http://www.ala.org/tools/challengesupport/report
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
Retweet and Share
Facebook: "Our office has noticed an increase in challenges to LibGuides and databases. If you've experienced a challenge to online resources in your library/school, please share your story via this form: https://bit.ly/2yEFT4p. All personal and institutional information submitted is kept confidential.
Twitter: During the COVID-19 pandemic, libraries and schools continue to face censorship attempts. Help us track trends and support libraries by reporting any bans or challenges that happened in your library or school this year: https://bit.ly/2yEFT4p
Facebook: "Did your library or school receive a challenge to materials or services in 2020? Take a few minutes to submit this info to the American Library Association so we can track censorship trends: https://bit.ly/2yEFT4p
Facebook: What books will be on the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2020 list? Help us find out by sharing censorship incidents that happened in your local library or school this year. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3lzKoB0