Book Display Challenges Overview
How Do Book Display Challenges Infringe Upon Intellectual Freedom?
By having an individual or group request the removal or restriction of certain books from a display, these individuals seek to control what others can access and read, limiting the free flow of ideas and information for all.
Suppression of Diverse Perspectives
Book display challenges often arise from a disagreement with the ideas or themes presented in the books. By removing these books from display in our libraries, challengers aim to limit exposure to diverse perspectives and stifle the opportunity for individuals to engage with differing viewpoints and lived experiences.
Denial of Individual Choice
Intellectual freedom includes the right of individuals to choose what they read and engage with. Book display challenges infringe upon this right by seeking to dictate what materials should be available, potentially depriving individuals of the opportunity to make their own decisions about what they find valuable or meaningful.
Access To Information
Book display challenges jeopardize access to information by limiting the visibility and availability of diverse perspectives. When books are removed or hidden from public view due to censorship, individuals are denied the opportunity to engage with a wide range of ideas, hindering their ability to make informed decisions and impeding intellectual growth.
Free For All: New Yorkers for Intellectual Freedom is dedicated to ensuring library workers and librarians are supported and prepared for any intellectual freedom challenges they may experience.
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*These numbers are from the American Library Association in their 2022 National Report