by Jamie LaRue
ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom is well known for its Banned Books Week, and its Top Ten lists. I’m still the new guy, but I wonder: how come we’re only talking about books?
When I was a public library director I got challenges about movies, music, art pieces, and programs. Surely others, do, too.
We’ve put out a call for challenge reporting before, but this call is just to see if we’re missing whole categories of challenges. As you think back over the past year, did you have any challenges to:
– Streaming content (audio or video)
– Magazines or magazine advertisements
– Programs (speakers, topics)
– Websites (access to social media, for instance)
– Other digital services (library Facebook postings or tweets)
– Service (outreach to a particular group, say)
You don’t need to post the specific challenge if you don’t want to, but I’d be keenly interested in hearing about the kind of material or service that was challenged.
My real question: what percentage of challenges are just about books?
Jamie LaRue is the director for ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. Connect with him @jaslar on Twitter.