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 State Library of Oregon'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 2016

A finely honed pen: For Jack Ohman, freedom of speech isn't an abstract idea, Francesca Fontana

Banned books celebrated this week at local libraries, Raymond Rendleman

Banned books given voices: Group reads excerpts from challenged literature, Jennifer Colton

Book ban says much - about censors, Steve Duin

Enjoy Banned Book Week!, Mapril Combs

Friends, foes quarrel over online info, Carisa Cegavske

Guest Opinion: Confused by festival's objections, Risa Buck

Guest Opinion: OSF playing games with words, David Raco

Guest Opinion: 'Spinning into Butter' - lessons from a long summer, Sean McEnroe

Library celebrating Freedom to Read

Library stands up for the right to read during weeklong national campaign, Ravleen Kaur

OSF and bookstore at odds over banned books display, John Darling

Our View: All's not well

Our View: Books, plays and teachable moments

Our View: What's in a book?

Palahniuk among works challenged by library patrons: Numbers tracked by librarians for Banned Book Week, Kevin Harden

Shakespeare Books & Antiques to close, citing declining sales, OSF boycott, John Darling

Shakespeare Books & Antiques to close, citing declining sales, OSF boycott, John Darling

Shakespeare Festival v. Shakespeare Books, John Darling

Should racially offensive books remain on display?, John Darling

Teens read out to defend free speech, Henry Houston

The power of reading banned books, Mike McInally

Writer to discuss privacy at event

Young readers and parental guidance, Kevin Widdison

News from 2015

Occult books popular item to swipe

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 and open 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

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