‘Same Fight, New Tactics’

The 2023 LibLearnX Conference in New Orleans in January featured several programs on combatting censorship and protecting intellectual freedom, including “Building a Practical Toolkit for Censorship and Challenges at Your Public Library.” This program offered practical tools and tips to ensure your library is prepared for book and materials challenges, summarized in a piece in American Libraries:

“Don’t forget that trustees play a role in representing your library, too. ‘Community messaging is very important, so make sure [trustees] know you have a fair system in place,” [Sukrit Goswami, director at Haverford Township (Pa.) Free Library] said. Goswami recommends buying a United for Libraries membership so your board can access valuable training resources.”

In addition to member resources, United for Libraries offers a variety of free intellectual freedom resources available to all - visit https://www.ala.org/united/advocacy/challenges.

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