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Banning Books and Restricting Electronic Access Resources

Issues surrounding censorship, print and electronic, reflect tensions in society. Librarians and booksellers are dedicated to maintaining access to resources for their community. Here are a few sources that might prove helpful to people looking to learn more about this topic.

Book Banning in U.S. Classrooms and Libraries

Every year concerned parents demand the removal of hundreds of "inappropriate" texts from American classrooms and libraries. Are they strangling free speech -- or just trying to protect our kids?

Timeline: 30 Years of Liberating Literature | American Library Association

The American Library Association, which tracks book challenges and banning in libraries across the country each year, has put together an excellent timeline giving an overview of this phenomenon.

Banned Books Week | Celebrating the Freedom to Read: Sept. 22 - 28, 2013

Each year in the fall, libraries, booksellers, and publishers combine efforts to promote the importance of intellectual freedom and combating censorship. This website has a wealth of information that would prove helpful to researchers.

Free Speech Matters: Anti-Censorship Video from Leading Contemporary Authors | LISNews:

A terrific five minute video by Penguin Publishing starring an incredible line up of young adult authors (Jackqueline Woodson, Sarah Dessen, M.T. Anderson, Ellen Hopkins, John Green, and many others). GREAT library story in here!

Book Banners Finding Power in Numbers

Efforts to ban books in schools have shifted subjects and tactics, with the efforts of single parents now being replaced by organizations.

The First Amendment First Aid Kit

Famous authors like Judy Blume and Robert Cormier discuss their feelings toward censorship in this discussion sponsored by publisher Random House.

Talking points against banning books | ACLU of Texas

From the Texas ACLU, this website gives an excellent overview of arguments against the banning of books from schools.

Straight from the DOE: Dispelling Myths About Blocked Sites | MindShift

The Child Internet Protection Act requires that schools receiving federal funding from E-rate block inappropriate websites. But, as the D.O.E’s Karen Cator explains, that shouldn’t stop teachers from sharing rich educational resources with their students.