It seems the upper Midwest has a problem with Sherman Alexie. Within one month, his 2007 novel ‘The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian’ has been challenged in two school districts.
Elections can rile people up. It’s smart for librarians to take a good look around before there’s trouble — starting with library policy.
Reporting challenges to ALA helps us provide better information and support to librarians and teachers facing similar challenges. OIF uses the reports for statistical purposes, allowing us to analyze trends, share data on censorship issues, and educate the public about what books are under threat and why. Please send us any info on challenges in your state or region from 2016.
With the summer movie release of a frequently challenged children’s book, librarians can expect an increase in visibility and circulation of the series.
An uncomfortable truth is that hate speech is also free speech. It’s not illegal for people to say stupid, ignorant, or even deliberately hurtful things. A hate crime, however, is about more than speech; it is about specific criminal behavior. Library incidents that we’re trying to track falls into two broad categories: vandalism or harassment.
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 a whole categories of challenges. As you think back over the past year, did you have any challenges to:
OIF is working to finalize our numbers for 2015 challenges and our annual list of most frequently challenged books. We collect information for our challenge database from both media reports and those submitted by individuals and, while we know that many challenges are never reported, we strive to be as comprehensive as possible.
Banned Books Week 2015, September 27-October 3, will soon be upon us! What will you be doing to celebrate the freedom to read? Below are several ways you can participate […]
This week a freelance journalist questioned ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom’s reputation and professionalism, because he was denied access to OIF’s proprietary database of challenge information. It appears that his […]
The Office for Intellectual Freedom released it’s top most frequently challenged books list of 2014 as part of the State of America’s Library report. In 2014, the OIF received 311 […]