Article Title

Local author revels in censorship fight

Authors

Kevin Harden

Newspaper

Portland Tribune

Date

10-11-2012

Location

Portland, Oregon

Participants

Jeremy Graybill, Library System Communications Director; Vailey Oehlke, Multnomah County Library Director; Roberta Richards, Intellecutal Freedom Committee and Portland Community College; Jim Speirs, St. Johns Review

Photo Description

1. Image of women reading book standing in library stacks. 2. Portrait image of Speirs

Photo Caption

1. Multnomah County's library system handled 15 compaints about materials last year. The library has only removed one book from its shelves in the past few years because of challenges. 2. Speirs

Abstract

Multnomah County Library has received several recent challenges to library materials for containing offensive language, including articles written by the historical editor for the St. Johns Review. All 15 books, articles and DVDs were retained by the library after a review of the challenges. County library branches have a formal review system to handle complaints, and only one book has been removed from the collection in the past few years. Oregon recorded 24 challenges to library materials in 2010.

Keywords

censorship, challenges, freedom to read, intellectual freedom, political view

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