Singapore’s National Library Board Making Changes to Book Selection and Acquisition Process
From The Straits-Times:
The National Library Board (NLB) will keep separate the team that selects books for acquisition, and the team that reviews the books, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim said in Parliament on Monday.
The Minister for Communications and Information said such segregation of responsibilities is not clearly spelt out now, but is a “good practice” that he believes will “lead to greater public confidence in the review process”.
The library board drew controversy last month after it was found to have removed three children’s titles following public feedback, as they contained references to same-sex couples. Following the incident, the NLB said it would set up an external advisory panel to review potentially controversial titles.
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