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Censorship and Book Challenges in LibrariesPublished 1/5/2022 10:20 AM CT, Updated 3/2/2022 9:26 AM CT
Illinois Heartland Library System supports AISLE in opposing attempts to censor or remove books from school libraries. AISLE's statement reads, in part:
AISLE is opposed to any attempt to force the removal of materials from school libraries. We strongly condemn recent efforts, by force or intimidation, to remove works that focus on or document the experiences of members of the LGBTQIA+ or BIPOC communities. We oppose censorship and any effort that limits or denies access to materials to coerce belief, suppress opinion or punish those whose expression does not conform to a singular point-of-view of history, politics, or religion.
If you'd like to learn more about book challenges and intellectual freedom, start here:
The Time Is Now: Preparing for Challenges to Library Resources (ILA Intellectual Freedom Committee, 12/16/2021)
Law Requires Collection Development and Recension Policies for Public Libraries
Municipal and Township Public Libraries
(75 ILCS 16/30-60)
Sec. 30-60. Resolution concerning library materials and facilities. The board of each district shall adopt, and review at least every 2 years, a resolution for the selection of library materials and the use of library materials and facilities. No employee may be disciplined or dismissed for the selection of library materials when the selection is made in good faith and in accordance with the resolution required to be adopted under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277)
District Public Libraries
(75 ILCS 5/4-7.2) (from Ch. 81, par. 4-7.2)
Sec. 4-7.2. The board of library trustees shall establish, and review at least biennially, a written policy for the selection of library materials and the use of library materials and facilities. No employee may be disciplined or dismissed for the selection of library materials when the selection is made in good faith and in accordance with the written policy required to be established pursuant to this Section.
(Source: P.A. 85-751)
Collection Development Policies and Reconsideration Requests (Challenge Forms)
Answering Questions About Library Resources
Webinars & Other Trainings
Webinar Recording: Confronting the Rise of School Board Disruptions (Indivisible Illinois, 1/27/2022)
Library Challenges In the News
State and Regional News
Missouri School District Rescinds Decision on Banned Book (2/26/2022, U.S.News & World Report)
Students sue Wentzville School District over book banning (2/16/2022, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Maus banned: The real reason to be worried about the Tennessee decision (1/31/2022, Slate)
Librarians, others stand against Wentzville’s book ban (1/31/2022, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Proud Boys join effort to ban ‘Gender Queer’ book from school library — rattling students in suburban Chicago (11/21/2021, Chicago Sun-Times)
Schools across St. Louis face more attempts to remove books from library shelves (11/18/2021, St. Louis Public Radio, NPR)
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Intellectual Freedom News 1/28/2022 (ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom)
Intellectual Freedom News 12/31/2021 (ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom)
School librarians speak out against recent upsurge in attempts to ban books (12/11/2021, PBS News Hour)