Intellectual Freedom Resources

Intellectual Freedom and Censorship

Lakeland stands in solidarity with the American Library Association, Michigan Library Association, and Library of Michigan in opposing any and all attempts to censor library collections. On this page you will find resources to help your library prepare for and deal with censorship challenges.

NEW: Beyond Book Bans

Book challenges are only the tip of the iceberg. Public libraries are experiencing pressures on leadership, and sometimes subversive board takeovers, to compromise their mission to provide unfettered access to all and to reflect the diverse communities they serve. In this online session, you’ll hear from seven speakers who are, like you, on the front line of fighting for the First Amendment and the institution of the public library. Each has a unique tale to share along with successful strategies and advice. Register at the link below.

NEW: MI Right To Read

MI Right to Read is a grassroots coalition of concerned Michigan residents organized by the Michigan Library Association. The coalition opposes any attempts to ban books from Michigan libraries based on content subjectively deemed inappropriate. Its purpose is to educate the public and oppose any legislation that infringes upon First Amendment rights and intellectual freedom.

Collection Development Policy Examples

Looking to strengthen your library’s Collection Development policy? Here are some examples from across the state.

Grand Rapids Public Library

Kent District Library

Herrick District Library

Loutit District Library

Ann Arbor District Library

Detroit Public Library

Grosse Pointe Public Library

Capital Area District Library

Kalamazoo Public Library

Traverse Area District Library

Chippewa River District Library

Peter White Public Library


Sample Policy

Combatting Misinformation

Oftentimes in challenge processes, false statistics and information come up. Here are some resources that to help you combat misinformation.

Fake News - NPR

How To Spot Fake News - Cornell

Combatting Fake News - Forbes

Misinformation - News Literacy Project

Institutional Support

Materials challenges are a difficult thing to get through, but you do not have to go through it alone. Here are some resources to utilize both in preparing for possible challenges and when dealing with an active challenge process.

Michigan Library Association

MLA Book Challenges and Censorship

MLA Intellectual Freedom Statement

Navigating Material Challenges for Library Trustees

Library of Michigan

LM Book Challenges and Censorship

Handling Challenges Checklist

Board Facts About Challenges

American Library Association

ALA Resource Overview

ALA Statement on Censorship

Hate Speech and Hate Crimes in Libraries

Library Bill of Rights

First Amendment and Censorship

Access to Library Resources

Office of Intellectual Freedom Support

Report Censorship to ALA's OIF

OIF Consulting Services

National Coalition Against Censorship

NCAC Resources for Librarians

Report Censorship to the NCAC

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