Challenges to Materials at Colorado's Public Libraries

Each year Colorado libraries report data for challenged materials in the Colorado Public Library Annual Report. Library staff respond to a follow-up survey to provide details about these items, including the items' formats, the reasons for the challenges, and the resulting outcomes. This information is tracked annually and is also reported to the American Library Association (ALA).

The following sections present these data in a variety of formats, from the numbers reported on the Annual Report, to the details provided in the follow-up survey.

Annual Report Data

Number of challenges to materials and internet sites, as well as the number of challenged titles.

Year

Format

List of Titles and Actions

Details for challenged titles, and any actions taken by the library.

Year

Format

Fast Facts Reports

Brief (2 - 4 pages) analysis of challenged materials.

External Resources

Colorado Association of Libraries Intellectual Freedom Committee website
http://cal-webs.org/Intellectual_Freedom.html

ALA's Office of Intellectual Freedom
http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/oif/index.cfm

ALA's "Banned and Challenged Books" page
http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/index.cfm

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