ERIC Number: ED333890
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Oregon Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse. Second Annual Report, July 1, 1988-June 30, 1989.
Oregon State Library, Salem. Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse.
Challenges against library materials that were reported to the Oregon Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse by Oregon libraries during its second full year of operation totalled 34 books, 13 of which were owned by public libraries and 21 by school libraries. The first challenge against an art exhibit in a public library was also reported. In 25 of the 34 cases, the materials were retained in the library through decisions made by local authorities; in three cases, access to materials was restricted, and in two cases, the materials were reclassified. Materials were removed from two school libraries with challenges against two titles still pending at the end of the fiscal year. The art exhibit was retained for the full month it had been scheduled for. Objections to library materials continued to be focused on stories or illustrations considered to be too scary or violent, language which some call "bad" or "profane," sexual references, and books with perceived or real occult, witchcraft, or satanic references. Specific information about the challenges reported in 1988-89 is provided in a list that is organized by type of library and the name of the library where the challenges occurred. In approximate chronological order by the date of the resolution of the challenges, the list includes summaries of both the objections and events for each title. Following this list, information is given on assistance provided by the clearinghouse during the year and cooperative and educational activities in which it was involved. A statement of the goals and objectives of the clearinghouse concludes the report. (BBM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon State Library, Salem. Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse.