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  • 1.  Question about Unite Against Book Bans

    Posted Jun 27, 2022 09:57 AM
    Hello,

    Constituents are curious about where the Unite Against Book Bans arose from.  What does this group do?  Has there been any involvement by specific ALA divisions, committees, or round tables or is this something that stands completely outside of ALA?

    Thank you for any and all clarification.

    Elizabeth Call
    Councilor at Large


  • 2.  RE: Question about Unite Against Book Bans

    Posted Jun 27, 2022 10:04 AM

    Elizabeth, I had some similar questions.  In April Deborah and Megan provided the following information.  It answered some of my questions and helped me to better understand UABB's role in reaching beyond the library community for advocates.  It's copied below.

    Eileen

    Hello, Eileen.

    Thanks for your feedback and questions. 

    Unite Against Book Bans is a national, grassroots initiative designed to defeat the well-funded, organized national censorship campaign that is being waged against our colleagues in our public schools and libraries.

    While ALA's tools and resources will continue to serve library professionals and veteran library advocates, Unite Against Book Bans will equip and empower members of the public to speak out against and take action to defeat censorship in their own communities and states.

    What differentiates Unite Against Book Bans from other efforts underway?

    • The campaign is research-driven, developed based on understandings gathered from voters and parents across demographic groups, geographic boundaries, and the political spectrum.
    • The campaign is singularly focused on attempts to censor materials through challenges, policy changes, and legislation. This enables us to connect with groups that may differ with us on other issues but agree with our position that book bans harm communities.
    • As the national voice for libraries, ALA has been speaking out against censorship for decades; and tracking censorship data, providing direct support to library workers, advancing thought leadership, and building subject matter expertise on protecting users' intellectual freedom and access to information for the entire library ecosystem. 
    • In addition to serving the needs of our members, ALA has longstanding relationships with allied organizations that want to work with us.
    • This is a big tent campaign that will leverage the work and strength of partners-in education, humanities, publishing, civil liberties, civil rights, etc.-as well as support some of the fantastic work being done at the state and local level. 

    We welcome your continued feedback.

    Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Director, ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom

    Megan Murray Cusick, Deputy Director of State Advocacy, ALA's Public Policy and Advocacy Office

    --  Eileen M. Palmer Executive Director Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium NJLA Chapter Councilor to the ALA  27 Mayfield Ave. Edison, NJ 08837 (732) 750-2525 ext. 103 (732) 225-0910 (fax) empalmer@lmxac.org
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    Elizabeth Call
    Jun 27, 2022 9:57 AM
    Elizabeth Call
    Hello,

    Constituents are curious about where the Unite Against Book Bans arose from.  What does this group do?  Has there been any involvement by specific ALA divisions, committees, or round tables or is this something that stands completely outside of ALA?

    Thank you for any and all clarification.

    Elizabeth Call
    Councilor at Large
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  • 3.  RE: Question about Unite Against Book Bans

    Posted 25 days ago
    In case people missed it, Marsha Burgess has responded in this other thread.

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    Jessamyn West
    Chapter Councilor - Vermont
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