[kids-lib] Intellectual Freedom: 2019 Annual Report on Challenges is now available

Greta Bergquist greta.bergquist at state.or.us
Wed Sep 11 13:07:58 PDT 2019

Hello library folks serving kids and teens,

Please see Tamara's email below for the 2019 Annual Report on Challenges to Intellectual Freedom in Oregon Libraries and Schools.  Also, if you have any Intellectual Freedom questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with Tamara, she's pretty awesome and would be happy to help!


Greta B

Greta Bergquist
Youth Services Consultant
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From: Tamara Ottum
Sent: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 11:26 AM
To: libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us<mailto:libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us>
Subject: 2019 Annual Report on Challenges is now available

The 2019 Annual Report on Challenges to Intellectual Freedom in Oregon Libraries & Schools<https://libguides.osl.state.or.us/ld.php?content_id=50042665> is now available.

The Oregon Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse<https://libguides.osl.state.or.us/oifc> (OIFC) collects reports about challenges to intellectual freedom in all types of Oregon libraries and schools. Entities report the information to OIFC on a voluntary basis. Intellectual freedom issues include, but are not limited to: materials challenges, internet filters, patron privacy and confidential records, hate crimes, and services (public meeting room use, exhibits, programs, etc.).

This past year there were 54 challenges at 25 entities in Oregon, of which three were hate crimes and five were library service challenges. Read the report for details!

I encourage you to incorporate the titles of the challenged materials in your Banned Books Week<https://bannedbooksweek.org/> displays and activities.  Many people may not realize that book banning is not a thing from the past, or that attempts to ban books are made every year right here in Oregon.


Tamara Ottum
Oregon Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse Coordinator
State Library of Oregon | Library Support & Development Services
tamara.ottum at state.or.us<mailto:tamara.ottum at state.or.us> | 503-378-6506<tel:%20(503)%20378-6506> | www.oregon.gov/library<http://www.oregon.gov/library>

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