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Transcript of Censorship
LIS 518 Group Project
April 18, 2016
Presented by Susan Adams, Hannah Berryhill, and
What Teens Think of Censorship
Libraries, First Amendment and court cases
Thinking about the Teen Audience
Teens are not kids!
Although they are considered minors, teens are significantly different from children developmentally.
Teens are at an age when they can supposedly handle difficult and complex topics
How to Make Teens Aware
Host a Banned Books Week Event
Kellerman’s Mein Kampf skit
This must be handled delicately and must be approved first
Simply tell teens their right to Free Speech.
Teens and Their Rights
Teens are entitled to their First Amendment rights in the same way that adults are.
The First Amendment also keeps schools from infringement.
Island Trees Union Free School District No. 26 v Pico
Kidspeak: Where Kids Speak Up For Free Speech.
Aiken, J. (2007). Outdated and Irrelevant?. American Libraries, 38(8), 54-56.
American Library Association. (2016). 2015 book challenge infographic. [Online image].
Retrieved from, http://www.ala.org/news/state-americas-libraries-report-2016/issues-and-trends
American Library Association. Intellectual Freedom and Censorship Q & A. http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/censorshipfirstamendmentissues/ifcensorshipqanda
American Library Association. (2015). Internet filtering: An interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights.
Retrieved from, http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/librarybill/interpretations/internet-filtering
American Library Association. (2016). Issues and trends: Intellectual freedom. The State of America’s
Libraries 2016: A Report from the American Library Association, p. 18-21. Retrieved from,
American Library Association. (2015). Labeling systems: An interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights.
Retrieved from, http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/librarybill/interpretation/labeling-systems
American Library Association. Strategies and Tips for Dealing with Challenges to Library Materials. http://www.ala.org/bbooks/challengedmaterials/support/strategies
Calkins, E. (2014). The right to read the how and why of supporting intellectual freedom for teens.
In The Library
With The Lead Pipe, 1-8.
Retrieved from, http://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2014/the-right-to-read-the-how-and-why-of-supporting-intellectual-freedom-for-teens/
Chmara, T. (2015). Do minors have first amendment rights in schools?
Knowledge Quest, 44(1)
Dresang, E. T. (2011). Teens fight for the right To read, write, and speak.
Voice of Youth Advocates, 34(2),
The Harris Poll. (2015). Adults are more likely to believe there are books that should be
banned than movies, television shows, or video games. Retrieved from,
Inpublicsafety.com. (n.d.). Anti-label symbol [Online image]. Retrieved from,
Kellerman, D. (2011). Using Controversial Literature with Young Adults A Case Study and Insights,
Voice of Youth Advocates, 34(2), 140-141.
Klinefelter, A. (2010). First Amendment Limits on Library Collection Management. Law Library Journal, 102(3), 343-374.
Scales, P. (2015). It’s about choice.
School Library Journal, 61(8),
Synerg.org. (n.d.). What do you think? [Online image]. Retrieved from,
Labeling in Libraries
Communities are pressuring libraries to include content description in catalogs.
ALA prohibits "prejudicial labels."
Latest Facts about Challenged Books of 2015
9 out of 10 challenged books were challenged due to diverse content.
45% of challenges occurred in public libraries; 19% occurred in school libraries.
CIPA requires public and school libraries who receive e-rate discounts to install filter software.
Based on the First Amendment, ALA encourages users to ask to unblock websites.
71% of American expect librarians should prevent children from checking out questionable materials.
Raises important concerns about U.S. civics education and the First Amendment.
Handling a Challenge
Image credits for 3, 4 and 5
First amendment pg from bill of rights