[AL-Directors] Annual reminder: Please submit reports on challenged material by July 31, 2013

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Tue Jul 2 10:12:25 PDT 2013


Dear Public, Academic, and Tribal Library Directors,

Every year the Oregon Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse (OIFC) publishes a report on challenges to all types of library materials in Oregon.  This report provides a landscape of censorship activity in Oregon, and is submitted to ALA's Office of Intellectual Freedom to be included in their report on censorship activity in the United States.  The Annual Report is also used by librarians, professors, and teachers to help them develop activities for Banned Books Week.

The Annual Report is based on challenge reports OIFC receives from all types of Oregon libraries (school, academic, tribal, and public).  All libraries are encouraged to report challenges to materials on a voluntary basis.  OIFC does not publish names of people, organizations, libraries, schools, colleges/universities, or towns identified in challenge reports.

Please submit all challenge reports by July 31, 2013.   Submit a separate challenge report for each formal challenge to library materials that occurred at your library between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013. A formal challenge is one that goes through your library's reconsideration process and an official decision is made to retain, relocate, reclassify, or remove the challenged item.

This information is complied to assist Oregon libraries currently facing a challenge as well as providing information that will help you plan Banned Books Week activities.  The Annual Report will tell you what books were challenged in Oregon libraries the previous year.  The more libraries reporting challenges to OIFC the better OIFC can help you!

Please take time to report challenges to OIFC.  The accuracy of OIFC's Annual Report and Title Index to Challenges is directly related to the number of Oregon libraries reporting challenges.

To report challenges to materials at your library:

  1.  Print the attached challenge report form or download and print the form at http://www.oregon.gov/OSL/LD/Pages/intellectual.aspx#Report_Challenges_to_the_State_Library.
  2.  Fill out a challenge report form for each item that went through your library's formal process for dealing with challenges to library material.
  3.  Mail your completed form(s) to:
Oregon State Library
c/o Oregon Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse
250 Winter St. NE
Salem, OR 97301

For more information about OIFC visit our website (http://oregon.gov/OSL/LD/intellectual.shtml) or contact the coordinator of OIFC, Katie Anderson, 503-378-2528.

Thank you,
Katie Anderson


Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528

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