ERIC Number: EJ861947
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
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To Read or Not to Read: Understanding Book Censorship
Connelly, Deborah S.
Community & Junior College Libraries, v15 n2 p83-90 2009
The controversy involving the challenge and possible banning of books has existed since the first person set pen to paper. These challenges have historically been based upon political and religious differences, but as time has passed, have become increasingly more to do with sex, race and culture. With these issues facing libraries, the role of the librarian, or library media specialist, has been that of an advocate of basic freedoms in expression, intellect and the right to read. Several organizations have also stepped up to the plate to inform and protect these rights. Works, considered classics by many, have been up for debate, brought through the legal system, and have been placed on banned books lists by many establishments. Only through education, communication and empowerment can the issue of censorship be resolved.
Descriptors: School Libraries, Media Specialists, Censorship, Reading Materials, Library Role, Librarians, Student Rights, Reading Material Selection, Intellectual Freedom, Social Attitudes, Libraries
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