[Libs-Or] [Fwd: [alacro-l] ALA President Releases Statement on Censorship]

Suzanne Sager bvss at pdx.edu
Thu Sep 4 07:31:22 PDT 2008


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Subject: 	[alacro-l] ALA President Releases Statement on Censorship
Date: 	Wed, 3 Sep 2008 18:12:28 -0400
From: 	Michael Dowling <mdowling at ala.org>
Reply-To: 	alacro-l at ala.org
To: 	ALACRO-L <alacro-l at ala.org>, <chapeditor at ala.org>



News

For Immediate Release

 

ALA PRESIDENT JIM RETTIG RELEASES STATEMENT ON CENSORSHIP

 

Chicago - The American Library Association (ALA) opposes book banning and

censorship in any form, and supports librarians whenever they resist

censorship in their libraries.  Since our society is so diverse, 
libraries have a

responsibility to provide materials that reflect the interests of all of 
their

patrons.

 

Each year, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom receives hundreds of

reports on books and other materials that were "challenged" (their removal

from school or library shelves was requested). The ALA estimates the number

reported represents only about a quarter of the actual challenges.  

 

In support of our efforts to fight censorship, the ALA annually celebrates

Banned Books Week -- a national celebration of the freedom to read. 

Observed during the last week of September each year, Banned Books Week

reminds Americans not to take the precious democratic freedom to read for

granted.  This year, Banned Books Week will take place September 27--

October 4, 2008.

 

The American Library Association is a nonprofit, 501(c) (3) educational

association that supports quality library and information services and 
public

access to information.  As such, it is not allowed to take a position on

political candidates and strives to be nonpartisan in its activities.   

 

To learn more about book challenges and Banned Books Week please visit

http://www.ala.org/bbooks      

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Contacts:

Macey Morales

Manager Media Relations, ALA

312-280-4393

mmorales at ala.org <mailto:mmorales at ala.org>

 

Jennifer Petersen

PR Coordinator, ALA

312-280-5043

jpetersen at ala.org <mailto:jpetersen at ala.org>

 

 

Macey Morales

Manager, Media Relations

American Library Association

50 E. Huron

Chicago, IL 60611

312-280-4393

mmorales at ala.org <mailto:mmorales at ala.org>

 

 


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Suzanne L. Sager
Library East, Cataloging
Portland State University

503-725-8169
503-725-5799
sagers at pdx.edu

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