Library Program Challenges Overview
How Do Library Program Challenges Infringe Upon Our Intellectual Freedom?
Restricting Access to Information
By challenging or seeking to cancel specific library programs, individuals or groups limit the availability of diverse ideas, perspectives, and information. This restriction denies individuals the opportunity to explore and engage with a wide range of viewpoints.
Limiting Educational Opportunities
Library programs serve as important educational resources on a wide array of topics that many patrons may not have access to otherwise. Challenges that result in program cancellations or delays restrict access to valuable educational opportunities and inhibit lifelong learning.
Library program challenges often aim to censor or remove programs that present controversial or challenging content. This censorship suppresses free expression and limits the open exchange of ideas and knowledge within the community.
Library program challenges pose a threat to our democracy by restricting public access to a variety of educational and cultural events. By censoring or canceling programs, we undermine the democratic principle of free expression and open dialogue.
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