Have Your LGBTQ Materials Been Challenged?

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Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
Library Bill of Rights, Article I

Libraries continue to face challenges from members of their communities who object to the presence of various types of materials and services offered to library patrons. This is especially true of LGBTQ materials and services. It is crucial that every library has an official policy to deal with potential challenges. Included in that policy should be references to the Library Bill of Rights. link: www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/librarybill

Specific challenges to LGBTQ materials can be met with these interpretations of the Library Bill of Rights, provided by the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), which is available to support all libraries facing these types of challenges. (Learn more at www.ala.org/offices/oif) OIF and the ALA stress that intellectual freedom, the essence of equitable library services, provides free access to all expressions of ideas through which any and all sides of a question, cause, or movement may be explored. Toleration is meaningless without tolerance for what some may consider detestable. Librarians cannot justly permit their own preferences to limit their degree of tolerance in collection development, because freedom is indivisible. See the link for more information:

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