Challenged Books at Your Library: Managing and Addressing Censorship Attempts

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Are you getting questions about why your library has diverse books about racism and LGBTQIA+ issues?
What happens when patrons disagree with materials you've selected for your library?
Do you want help knowing what steps you can take when a book is challenged?

Join us as Shannon Schultz, Public Library Administration Consultant at Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, talks about materials challenges and intellectual freedom in public libraries, including these topics:
• Coordinated challenges to a particular book or books
• Intimidation tactics directed at library directors and boards, and contentious board meetings
• If a materials challenge comes from a board member
• How a library’s policies on materials selection, collection development, and challenged materials can address these issues

Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, recently said that during her 20 years with the organization, “there’s always been a steady hum of censorship, and the reasons have shifted over time. But I’ve never seen the number of challenges we’ve seen this year.”

By attending this webinar, you will:
• Know steps you can take to keep challenged books on the shelves
• Learn how the CCBC and ALA are prepared to provide you with information and support during a challenge
• Know where to find examples of collection development and materials reconsideration policies that you can adapt for your library, in preparation for future challenges
• Be familiar with the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read

This webinar will be recorded and captioned. It supplies one Category B continuing education contact hour for library directors needing certification.

There is no fee to attend, thanks to sponsorship by NEWI: Manitowoc-Calumet Library System, Nicolet Federated Library System, Outagamie Waupaca Library System, and Winnefox Library System.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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