ERIC Number: ED127401
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
A Centennial Challenge for ALA -- Human or Anti-Human Values in Children's Books?
Interracial Books for Children Bulletin, v7 n4 p1-22 1976
For some years, groups like the Council on Interracial Books for Children (CIBC) have been urging librarians to take a second look at children's books previously regarded as classics and to evaluate them in the light of the new consciousness which acknowledges the oppression of Third World peoples and women. On January 29, 1973, the Board of Directors of the American Library Association (ALA) Children's Services Division unanimously passed a resolution calling for the re-evaluation of library materials for childrens collections. However others--particularly ALA's Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC)--actively challenged the resolution. On February 2, 1973, the ALA Council adopted an IFC counter-resolution, setting forth the concept that sexism, racism, and other isms are ideas which should not be censored. Furthermore, the Library Bill of Rights was cited as prohibiting children's librarians from assuming functions different from those assigned to adult librarians. The CIBC then published a position paper entitled Censorship and Racism: A Dilemma for Librarians. On January 21, 1976, the IFC adopted a statement in the form of a reply to that position paper, giving reasons for their opposition. Comments on the IFC's most recent statement are given here. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Books, Childrens Literature, Librarians, Libraries, Library Acquisition, Library Administration, Library Associations, Library Collections, Library Material Selection, Library Role, Policy Formation, Public Libraries, Racism, School Libraries, Sex Discrimination
Council on Interracial Books for Children, Inc., 1841 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10023 ($1.00)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council on Interracial Books for Children, Inc., New York, NY.