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Interested in writing a book chapter about the ongoing book bans/challenges?

  • 1.  Interested in writing a book chapter about the ongoing book bans/challenges?

    Posted May 23, 2022 03:53 PM

    Hello! I'm editing a book called The Fight Against Book Bans: Perspectives from the Field. I am seeking potential authors to contribute chapters. The chapters could be on a range of topics related to the recent increase in book challenges/bans across North America. Potential topics include:

    • Firsthand accounts of book/materials challenges
    • How to prepare for, address, or respond to challenges
    • Communicating with one's community about the significance of intellectual freedom
    • Showing the value and merit of challenged books
    • Background on the history and context of challenges or challengers
    • Perspectives on challenges in public or school libraries
    • Support for those facing materials challenges

    Together, the chapters will both articulate the importance of intellectual freedom and demonstrate how to convey that significance to others in one's community with passion and wisdom, in light of the recent and ongoing spate of book challenges faced by public and school libraries. Each chapter should be 3,000-6,000 words. The revised due date is June 30th. More information can be found here: https://ci.uky.edu/sis/page/call-essays.

    Please feel free to contact me (shannon.oltmann@uky.edu) with any questions or ideas. I'm happy to work with first time authors to develop their chapters. Thanks!

    -Shannon Oltmann 

    Shannon Oltmann
    Associate Professor
    School of Information Science, University of Kentucky