[Library Media] Call for Essays - Stories about librarians who have experienced challenges to library materials

Juan Lee jtlee at utah.gov
Tue May 8 15:17:32 MDT 2018

You are invited to participate in a new book that will be published by the
American Library Association.  The book is a collection of stories from and
about librarians who have experienced challenges to library material and/or
challenges to intellectual freedom.  The book has the current working
title:  *Censorship Stories from the Frontline*.

The book is an anthology of stories from all library types.  Stories will
address examples of censorship challenges related to (but not limited to):
religious intolerance, prisoner rights,  Black Lives Matter, anti-immigrant
sentiment, international challenges, politics, working with culturally
sensitive material, weeding as a form of censorship, self-censorship,
displays, intellectual freedom, disinvited speakers, trigger warnings, Me
Too, meeting room uses, or any other censorship topic you have experienced
in a library or related to library material and/or programming.

*The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2018*

For more information about this project, to join the mailing list, and to
follow the book’s progress visit: www.intellectualfreedombook.com

*Essay Guidelines*

Essays should be no more than 2500 words in length, and should provide
details of a full experience, from initial contact through ultimate
resolution. Essays can be a first person narrative or a case study
description. I am also seeking descriptions of interactions that may not
have ended in a formal challenge or request for reconsideration. These
anecdotes should reflect the concerns of either the patron or the librarian
or both.

Tips on writing: Explain the situation and how you were involved.  What
were some of the most interesting and/or difficult parts of the situation?
How was the issue resolved?   What resources did you draw upon (don’t list
resources; tell us about the resources and why they were helpful)? Had you
received any training on handling challenges prior to the situation you
describe? Have you received any since? Did your library have a procedure in
place? If not, does it have one now? What did you learn from the
experience?  What advice would you give to someone in a similar situation?

Writers should include the facts of the challenge.  If this is information
is based on a personal experience, please share your thoughts and feelings
about the confrontation, dealing with administrators, and dealing with the

Email submissions to:  intellectualfreedombook at gmail.com

Your submissions should be submitted with the following information:

1. Title your essay.

2. Include a 100 word biographical statement.

Your submissions should follow these formatting rules:

1. Text should be attached as a .doc

2.  Your Name should be the document label (example JaneSmith.doc)

3. If you have questions about style, please consult *The Chicago Manual of
Style*, 16th edition, as your general guide to punctuation, capitalization,
quotation, abbreviation, source citation, use of italic, etc.

Submitting an essay does not guarantee publication.  If you have questions
about your essay and/or topic, please contact me at:
intellectualfreedombook at gmail.com

Contributors will be asked to sign a writer agreement before publication.

Deadline for submissions: *September 30, 2018*


If you would prefer to be interviewed about your experience, send me an
email with a description of the experience.  Please provide links and/or
attachments to any material that will provide additional background on the

Please distribute this announcement widely and forward it to librarians you
believe might have a story to tell.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Val Nye

intellectualfreedombook at gmail.com


*Juan Tomás Lee*, State Data Coordinator & Library Consultant

he / him / his

Utah *State Library* Division <http://library.utah.gov>

Department of Heritage & Arts

250 N 1950 W Suite A
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-715-6769  |  800-662-9150  |  jtlee at utah.gov

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