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Fired Up about Censorship

by Courtney Kincaid, assistant library director at North Richland Hills Library and chair of the TLA Intellectual Freedom Committee, and Brooke King, Middle School Librarian in Humble ISD, TxASLTalks Editorial Board

After facing a book and policy challenge in the summer of 2015 which lasted 21 weeks, Courtney Kincaid became involved in the Texas Library Association’s (TLA) Intellectual Freedom Committee. She now serves as chair of the committee and together with incoming vice-chair Brooke King, shares how to prepare for and survive a censorship challenge in a public or school library.

Censorship is removing books, relocating books, and restricting access to books. When individuals or groups attempt to have materials removed from a library based on obscenity, blasphemy, political concerns, etc., the TLA Intellectual Freedom Committee recommends following these procedures. 

Know Your Policies Have clear collection development, selection, deselection, and reconsideration policies and proced…

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