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Talking About Censorship: A Discussion About Banning Books in a Free & Open Society

Libraries and schools across the nation are asked to remove books from their shelves on a regular basis. During 2021, the American Library Association saw more book banning attempts than they’d seen in the past 20 years. Why are we seeing so many challenges? What are the trends? And what can we do to keep our libraries and schools free from censorship?

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Rebekah Cummings, Digital Matters Interim Director, Associate Librarian, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah


Catherine Bates, Teacher Librarian, Brighton High School

Lauren Liang, Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology, University of Utah

Richard Price, Associate Professor of Political Science, Co-Coordinator of Queer Studies, Weber State University

Katie Wegner, Salt Lake County Library Assistant Branch Manager (Sandy), Utah Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee Co-Chair

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