July 25, 2014

Alabama: Mobile Public Library Says No to “Fifty Shades of Grey”

From Fox10TV.com Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James has stormed the nation. It’s one of the most popular books out there but you won’t find it at libraries in Mobile. [Clip] Amber Guy with the Mobile Public Library said they will not be ordering the book. “Fifty Shades of Grey doesn’t fit our selection […]

Update: Utah: ACLU Wants District to Reconsider Restrictions on Two-Moms Book

We first posted on this story on May 31st: “Utah School District Places Book About Lesbian Moms Behind Counter” From The Salt Lake Tribune: The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah believes a decision by the Davis School District to limit elementary students’ access to a book about a lesbian couple raising children is likely […]

New from IFLA: A FAIFE Spotlight on “New Forms of Censorship”

New from IFLA’s (International Federation of Library Associations) FIAFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression). The new Spotlight report is titled “Data driven futures – censorship takes new forms” and was written by Päivikki Karhula, a researcher from the School of Information Sciences, from the University of Tampere, Finland. Topics Covered […]

Public Libraries: “Citing Patrons’ Right to Read, Massachusetts Libraries Offer ‘Fifty’ Trilogy

From The Boston Globe: Unlike a smattering of libraries in other states, Massachusetts libraries seem to have no objection to stocking the much talked-about “Fifty Shades” trilogy, but enthusiasm for the novels among library staff is far from unanimous. [Clip] “People are excited because it’s a phenomenon right now,” said Carol Jankowski, director of the […]

Utah School District Places Book About Lesbian Moms Behind Counter

Update (June 1, 2012): Utah Librarians Fear Decision About Lesbian Mom Book Sets Bad Precedent (via SLT) From The Salt Lake Tribune: A picture book about a lesbian couple raising a child was removed from the shelves of elementary school libraries in Davis County after a group of parents raised objections about the suitability of […]

50 Shades of Grey Once Again Available at Brevard County, Florida Public Libraries

From Florida Today: Want to check out “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the racy best-seller removed from Brevard County’s public libraries a month ago? Library patrons once again have access to the wildly popular novel. After an outpouring of criticism from anti-censorship advocates locally and nationwide, global media attention and threats of legal action, county officials […]

Full Text: PhD Dissertation: “Intellectual Freedom And The Politics Of Reading: Libraries As Sites Of Conservative Activism, 1990-2010″

Title Intellectual Freedom And The Politics Of Reading: Libraries As Sites Of Conservative Activism, 1990-2010 Author Loretta Mary Gaffney Source Graduate School of Library and Information Science University of Illinois, 2012 Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Library and Information Science. Abstract During the 1990s and […]

New Report: Challenged Materials in Colorado Public Libraries, 2010.

New from the Colorado Library Research Service: Every year, LRS collects information from Colorado public libraries on challenges to their materials and services. 66 challenges were reported in 2010, with challenges to Internet sites and videos both surpassing books for the first time. Read the Complete Report (4 pages; PDF) Includes 4 charts. Also New […]

Access to Information: Carnegie Mellon Performs First Large-Scale Analysis of "Soft" Censorship of Social Media in China

From the CMU News Release: Researchers in Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science analyzed millions of Chinese microblogs, or “weibos,” to uncover a set of politically sensitive terms that draw the attention of Chinese censors. Individual messages containing the terms were often deleted at rates that could vary based on current events or geography. […]

Google and Facebook Comply with Indian Court Orders

UPDATE: Google and Facebook Comply with Indian Court Orders (via OpenNet Initiative) From the The Wall St. Journal (via Google News): A person familiar with the matter said Google removed content from its search service, YouTube video site and Blogger after receiving an order to do so from Judge Mukesh Kumar of a New Delhi district […]