Intellectual Freedom Issues in Oregon: A News Database

This database is a joint project of the Oregon Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee and the Oregon State Library's Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse. The database is the online version of the Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse's news clipping files, and will be updated on a semi-annual basis.

Currently, this is a citation/abstract database of news articles and editorials related to intellectual freedom issues covered in Oregon community newspapers over the past 65 years. Full text of articles will be added and available for download as permission is obtained from individual newspaper publishers. To request the full text of an article, contact the coordinator of the Oregon Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse.

To search the database, perform a keyword search using the search box below. Indexed (searchable) fields include: article title, newspaper name, date, city/location, name of challenged book/material, organizations/individuals involved and abstract.


News from 2014

Banned Books Week at Newport Library

Board offers valuable lesson in handling of book decision, Kevin Widdison

Book sparks controversy at Three Rivers board meeting: Discourse focuses on board member interrupting parents, Ruth Longoria Kingsland

Chetco library sponsors Banned Books Week, Vi Lovejoy

Exposure to a variety of ideas an important part of education, Patricia Snyder

Get ready to celebrate the freedom to read, Elaine Spence

GP School Board OKs controversial book, Ruth Longoria Kingsland

GP School District considering ban on controversial book available to students: School districts across nation have already acted by excluding novel from curriculums, Ruth Longoria Kingsland

Heady reading at the library, Noelle Crombie

It's called democracy, Jim Flint

Keep access to Web content equal for all, Ron Wyden and Candice Watkins

Keep access to Web content equal for all, Ron Wyden and Candice Watkins

Keep access to Web content equal for all, Ron Wyden and Candice Watkins

Library democracy?, George Hawkins and Margo Hawkins

Library Tidings: News about the Siuslaw Public Library, Kevin Mittge

Novel about girl growing up in Iran ignites high emotions at school board meeting

Oregon school district considers ban on Sherman Alexie novel, Jessica Robinson

Policy change allows for children to use Internet at library, Kylie Wray

Reed college professor to discuss censorship at library

Wyden: Keep the net free at Oregon's local libraries, Ron Wyden and Candice Watkins

News from 2013

Banned Books Week celebrated at Newport Public Library

Calm the porn storm, Nic Richards

Dangerous' books can lead to enlightenment, Andrew Thomson

Discussion on privacy set at Driftwood Public Library

Hold that book, but you're risking your privacy, Tony Greiner

Hold that book, but you're risking your privacy: Guest Opinion, Tony Greiner

Library ageism charge denied, Lily Raff McCaulou

Library is right to have areas for teens and kids

Library observes 'Banned Books Week', Vi Lovejoy

Library policies re: porn, Buzzy Nielsen

Locals tackle thorny issue of censorship: Even classics such as 'Huck Finn' challenged over use of certain words, Edith Decker

Man tries to grab girl, 12, at library, Chelsea Gorrow

Open-carry questioned: Gun brought to Library prompts a look at Oregon law, Jon Stinnett

Porn is not free speech, Alan Winans

Porn prudence, Alan Winans

Read what you want to, Audrey Gomez

Reporters celebrate banned books, review their favorites, Emily Mentzer, Audrey Gomez, and Matt DeBow

Seaside Library prefers monitoring, rather than filtering, children's Internet, Nancy McCarthy

Seaside Library won't filter children's Internet use, Nancy McCarthy

News from 2012

Astoria Public Library: To cut or not to cut - sensitivity or censorship?

At local libraries, concern fades over online access to porn, Scott Hammers

Banned books available at library, Dorys C. Grover

Bibliotherapy just one of the many benefits of reading, Janet Stevens

City reacts to lawsuit filed against local library

Federal judge orders Seaside Library to pay $10,500 penalty for failing to allow religious meeting, Nancy McCarthy

Following rules, avoiding suits, Elizabeth Hovde

Lawsuit filed against Seaside library, Nancy McCarthy

Library celebrates Banned Books Week, Raymond Rendleman

Library celebrating banned books week

Library Corner, Perry Stokes