Dirty Little Library Secrets: We forgot to tell the staff not to ban the books
Ask for help
You can speak to the OIF for guidance, but aside from pointing out what I already knew to do and wishing me luck, which was helpful, doing this didn’t make me feel especially empowered. What did was seeking out other libraries that have the material that is being challenged. I had the immensely good fortune of finding a more experienced librarian who had the item in question and was able to talk to me about the book, the process, and helped me understand how different communities might meet needs in different ways. She also helped me see that not all libraries respond in the same way to their librarians. More on that later.
Collect your research
Make the big decision
Filed under: Banned Books Week, Book Challenge, Censorship, Library
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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