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Knowledge Quest, v44 n1 p42-47 Sep-Oct 2015

What do school librarians fear most? Hands down, their biggest fear is a formal challenge to a resource in the school library. There are no accurate statistics about the number of challenges to school library resources. The staff of ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom estimates that only about 20 percent are reported to ALA annually. For the year 2014 the number of challenges reported was 311 (ALA, 2015). Following an introduction by Helen Adams, two courageous school librarians tell the stories of their challenges and what they learned. Both were recognized with national awards for their stands against censorship. Dee Ann Venuto received the American Association of School Librarians Intellectual Freedom Award in 2011, and in 2013 DaNae Leu was awarded the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award from the faculty of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The first selection by DaNae Leu is entitled "Not in Our House;" and the second selection, by Dee Ann Venuto, is entitled "Professional and Personal Growth: The Realities of Challenges to Intellectual Freedom."

Descriptors: Librarians, Barriers, School Libraries, Intellectual Freedom, Library Materials, Censorship, Resistance to Change, Professional Identity, Profiles, Library Administration, Library Policy, Change Agents, Recognition (Achievement), Awards, Elementary Secondary Education

American Association of School Librarians. Available from: American Library Association. 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Tel: 1-800-545-2433; Web site:

Autor: Adams, Helen; Leu, DaNae; Venuto, Dee Ann


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