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: Intellectual Freedom Training with KDL’s Lance Werner
Linked below is a recording of a webinar led by Lance Werner, executive director of Kent District Library, on how to uphold Intellectual Freedom, handle book challenges, and more.
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
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
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.