Maine Library Association
Coffee Chat: Collection Development and Censorship - A different kind of discussion around a foundational topic for Librarians
When we talk about the issues of censorship and collection development, we are often talking about it in a certain way. Patrons and special interest groups frequently challenge materials that they deem inappropriate for public consumption or for specific age groups...and we fight against those challenges.
But what about the challenges that can creep up from within? Are we clocking our own biases enough? Are the book reviewers? Are challenges coming in less obvious ways (informal, internal, from the "other side" of the political spectrum)?
Courtney Sparks (Freeport Community Library) and Wynter Giddings (Curtis Memorial Library) have had a lot of conversations about this over the past year. Some of the questions we have been asking ourselves and wish to discuss with you:
This is a lot- we know.
But we need to talk about this stuff in order to tend to our garden and stay true to the principles of Intellectual Freedom - so please grab a hot beverage and join us. Whether you come to listen or share, we hope you'll take advantage of this free MLA membership perk to connect with other library workers in the state!
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