No doubt you ensure that kids have access to books on every topic under the sun. You must celebrate Banned Books Week with a nice display of And Tango Makes Three, In the Night Kitchen and Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. Of course your library has a nice policy on book challenges and you have the forms ready to hand out to customers. But what happens after you get an official book challenge and your library follows all of the action steps and the issue has been resolved? Do you report the challenge to the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom or do you file the challenge away?
According to the OIF’s estimations, only 20 to 25 percent of challenges are reported. This is crazy! Can you imagine NOT HAVING ACCESS to 75 percent of your programming statistics? How would you determine where to focus your budget, time and attention? The answer: you could guess.
Please take the time to report challenges. It is easy. There are several ways to do it (and you can choose to remain anonymous). Here is the simple online challenge reporting form. This page has a form to print out and fax or mail in and the phone number for the OIF if you need assistance with a challenge.
And spread the word to your colleagues. Here you can find images like the cool banner above that you are free to print out or use online. Spread the word far and wide, the OIF needs you to report each and every challenge.