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Intellectual Freedom News 1/14/2022

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Familiarizing Oneself with Manga Censorship

What is manga censorship? Have you ever read a volume of manga, only to notice a later edition changed some things? Is this censorship, or something else? This post will introduce manga censorship for both librarians and fans. Award winning series – Death Note, Dragon Ball, and Naruto – which have been challenged, banned, and censored in North America at North American libraries will shape our discussion.

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Fight Censorship! Updated Resources from the Office for Intellectual Freedom

Book challenges have been a hot topic in news and politics lately. The American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board recently released a statement affirming its opposition to widespread efforts to censor books in U.S. Schools. OIF has tracked 155 unique censorship incidents between June 1, 2021 and September 30, 2021. With the high volume of challenges right now, OIF has made available a clearinghouse of resources on its Fight Censorship page.

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Then and now: Banning Like it’s 1981

The last year, especially the last few months, has seen a dramatic increase in book challenges nationwide. This is alarming, as it should be; however, the timing of such an organized push repeats history with the same frequency as social challenges and advancements. The current wave of attempted censorship is a modern remake of a 1980s special that should have been left in the past.

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Intellectual Freedom News 1/7/2022

“When I read the recent headline in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution entitled “Movement would ban LGBTQ books, online materials from school libraries,” I felt like I was in an episode of “The Twilight Zone.” I felt like I had been blasted to the past. But, no, it is not the 1950s or 1960s. It is 2022, and our “leaders” are trying to ban books.” Guest Column by Cicely Lewis in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Foundations of Information Literacy: A Book Review

Readers seeking to understand current theories of information literacy should look no further than Taylor and Jaeger’s Foundations of Information Literacy. This engagingly written text provides a robust introduction to information literacy since its emergence in the “information society” of the 1970s and its continued evolution to address the information disorder of the participatory Web. However, concepts of intellectual freedom and censorship as they relate to information literacy, information disorder, and information illiteracy are underdeveloped.

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The Trend Continues: Books with Civil Rights Themes Challenged in Schools

Texas Republican Representative Matt Krause is investigating books that “might make students feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress.” The irony here, Philip Bump points out, is that all this fervor over books that create “discomfort” in teens and tweens comes on the heels of conservatives claiming censorship and “cancel culture” when Dr. Seuss Enterprises ceased publication of six books that portray racist imagery.

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Intellectual Freedom News 12/31/2021

“This is to say Lange’s claims that libraries exist to protect children from books he personally finds “sexually objectionable” is incorrect. Libraries exist to provide all people with the information they need or want in accordance with library collection development policies. It is as much a person’s right to access and view library resources as it is another’s right not to. No one has the authority to choose what another citizen of this country may read.” Janice Grover-Roosa in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle