EveryLibrary Releases New Legislation Tracker: “Monitoring State Obscenity Laws for Library and Education Provisions”; Issue Brief Also Published
Two new resources from EveryLibrary and the EveryLibrary Institute are listed below.
EveryLibrary is monitoring legislation during the 2023-2024 session that look to change state obscenity and harmful to minors laws to allow for the prosecution of librarians, educators, colleges and universities faculty, and museum professionals.
Learn More, and Direct to Legislation Tracker
In 2023-2024, we anticipate that many legislators whose bills failed the last session will reintroduce language in this session and anti-access activists will be inspired to sponsor their own regressive initiatives. The EverLibrary Institute is releasing a new Policy Brief “Opposing Attempts to Criminalize Libraries and Education Through State Obscenity Laws” to help state library associations anticipate this legislation and prepare properly to oppose unnecessary politicized changes to settled state law.
The Policy Brief has eight sections.
- Setting the Framework
- Overview of Library and Educator Exemptions in State Obscenity and Harmful to Minors Laws
- Review of 2021-2022 State Legislation
- Three Laws that Passed
- Six Bills that Failed or Died
- Contextualizing Legislation to Criminalize Librarians and Educators
- Recommendations for Policy Coalitions and Advocacy
- With elected officials, boards, and administrators concerned with the cost of risk management.
- With unions and professional associations concerned with safeguarding the future of public sector work.
- With LGBTQ stakeholders and allies concerned with the civil rights and dignity of individuals and families.
- With good government and free expression stakeholders interested in limiting overreach.
- With organizations that are concerned when religion and private morality intrude on the public sector
- With stakeholders within the academic and publishing community who are impinged by obscenity allegations.
- Review of Effective Messaging about Censorship
- Support from EveryLibrary and the EveryLibrary Institute
- Appendix of Current State Obscenity and Harmful to Minors Exemptions
Register to Access the Issue Brief
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.