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Sarah Palin is everywhere. If you don’t know who she is, stop reading and crawl back into your hole. There’s no hope for you. This lady can field dress a moose, and she has pretty shoes. No one likes her standard updo, but that half-up, poofy thing she does for “special occasions” is one spectacular feat of engineering. (Is there a pop can under there?) You know all about her, so I will spare you the re-hash of the details of her life that are being thrown at you against your will daily. But we do need to talk about one thing. She’s a book banner. These allegations should be unsettling to everyone, but they’re especially so to those of us with training and background in the field of librarianship. We’re simply wired to balk at the mere mention of a book challenge, especially one by someone who is currently running for the second highest office in the land. How could she? What was she thinking? She only has the right to censor the materials access of her own five children, not everyone else’s! And look at all these books! AND THESE! Hang on, people, don’t get your Spanx (they’re great, I bet Sarah wears them!) in a wad. This twelve year old turn of events is terribly blown out of proportion by the Internet and the media. (The fact that there are several different lists, one of them on MySpace for goodness’ sake, of books she had removed circulating the Web should be your first clue.) It is almost as bad to call someone a censor with little evidence as it is to actually be one. Our friends at American Thinker have kindly set the record straight for us.

Now that we’ve calmed down and adjusted our Spanx, we can calmly talk about censorship, since it is still an important issue. Today I began wondering if anyone had ever tried to censor a digital collection. I poked around on Google a bit and found no mention of a challenge to an information package that was part of a digital collection supported by a library. I searched academic articles and still didn’t really find anything. Sure, some libraries filter their Internet access, and most give parents the option to disallow children from using the Internet. But, has there been a case of a library customer raising a ruckus over an item in an actual digital collection? Maybe it’s because they’re too boring to offend anyone. Surely that isn’t it. I suspect it has more to do with my substandard searching skills. I’m going to try and find something to share on this subject, I promise.

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  1. * DocMartens says:

    Now, that’s an interesting question: digital collection censorship. Let us know what you uncover!

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 10 months ago


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