I felt fairly prepared to handle a materials challenge, but as I talk with other librarians, I see this is an area of great concern.
Dubbed self-censoring, there is a growing concern that many librarians are purposefully omitting certain books and content from library collections due to personal bias opposed to professional judgment. According to an article in the School Library Journal, self-censorship is “a dirty secret that no one in the profession wants to talk about or admit practicing. Yet everyone knows some librarians bypass good books—those with literary merit or that fill a need in their collections.”
It is not only the religion that becomes the cause of censorship; politics and interests of the government are secondary causes. Censorship has always been strongly imposed upon journalism, and due to this tradition, authors have gotten into the habit of self-censoring their work.
October 7, 2016: Student’s right to protest. Banning Books in Texas Prisons. Tennessee Parent challenging Islam in the curriculum. And SO MUCH MORE
By: Naomi Bates It has happened to me in the library…coming in fresh from another library or just being a new librarian, you may experience the same thing I have. […]
In 2011, OIF presented two series of webinars – Intellectual Freedom Summer School and Intellectual Freedom across the Globe – that were recorded and are now available for purchase. To […]