Smoky Mountain Family Historian

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Book Banning Followup

The library board reversed the decision because of national criticism of its banning of the book America (The Book). I think this whole process was probably handled incorrectly if the board didn't have its say in the first place. They really need to get a collection development policy in place that addresses what is and what is not acceptable. If the book was not going to have been circulated, it should have been sent back to the publisher and never made to appear in the library's online catalog. I don't have a problem with the library choosing not to add the book because of content, but to add it and remove it without a formal challenge is problem not in the library's best interest.

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