Education

Opposing Censorship

September 08, 2008 1 min read

Inspired by two librarian bloggers (here and here) that recently tackled the complex discussion of defining and avoiding censorship in their libraries, Doug Johnson of Blue Skunk reflects on his own experience as a school librarian fighting censorship, the ALA and AASL’s policies, and the courage it takes to stand up to proponents of censorship.

It takes a deceptively large amount of courage to fight censorship, to defend a wide variety of viewpoints - especially in a politically charged climate … this [is] certainly not an issue the library alone owns. How will you respond when a parent asks you to block Planned Parenthood, PETA or The Flying Spaghetti Monster websites?

A version of this news article first appeared in the Blogboard blog.