A good friend is doing some research and asked if I could post the following survey asking how many book challenges and removals your’e aware of at your library: Book Challenges and Removals @ Your Library
How many book challenges and outright removals do you think happen a year that go unreported? How many at your library? Is that information even shared with the staff?
From my own experience, I’ve had a removal occur that the director didn’t even bother to share with the manager of the branch in question until I happened to overhear a conversation about it and suggested that the incident should be revealed and explained to all staff in all branches. I’ve had a director who moved books from adult to teen without telling any of the managers. I’ve experienced a book removal that was done covertly by a Library Assistant with no involvement from anyone else, because of her own feelings about a particular topic.
I think book challenges and even removals happen a lot more frequently than we’re told. I think all managers and directors should be 100% transparent about every challenge, move, and removal with the entire staff. And hopefully this survey will at least tell us how many we do know about, as a starting point.