Banning ‘dangerous’ books?

With Banned Books Week occurring Sept 24-30, it got me thinking about how we’ve dealt with particular books in my workplaces. When I worked in high school libraries we were faced with a perplexing dilemma – what do we do with books when the authors suddenly become criminals or are found to be immoral people? […]

Banned books week and intellectual freedom

Generally speaking, libraries and librarians are for intellectual freedom and access to information, and against censorship. Over the years we’ve touched on censorship a number of times here on the ILN blog, but it’s Banned Books Week in the USA at the moment so it’s timely to raise it again. Statements on intellectual freedom are […]

Libraries in pop culture: Toshokan Sensō from Japan

Toshokan Sensō, which literally translates as ‘Library War’ is a Japanese Manga series in which the fight against censorship becomes a literal battle for intellectual freedom. This series started life as a ‘light novel’ series in Japan in 2006 – a shorter, lighter style of fiction primarily targeting young adult readers. It has since proven extremely […]

Monthly Discussion: Censorship part 3

We’re rounding up our discussion of censorship this month with the final post from Michelle Tisdel, and a look at a recent censorship challenge in the US. Happy reading! Preserving information about censorship Beacon for Freedom of Expression It is not easy to find comprehensive information on censorship in a global perspective. In the final […]

Monthly Discussion: Censorship part 2

We’re continuing our discussion of censorship this month with the next installment of a series on the history and modern expression of censorship. This series was written for us by Michelle A. Tisdel, Research Librarian at the National Library of Norway and Coordinator of Beacon for Freedom of Expression, an international bibliographic database about censorship and […]

Monthly Discussion: Censorship part 1

For the third month of the ILN program we’d like to discuss censorship, including how it happens around the world and what it means for our work. We are lucky to have a guest writer for this month, Michelle A. Tisdel, Research Librarian at the National Library of Norway and Coordinator of Beacon for Freedom […]