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EveryLibrary Institute Publishes Policy Brief on Opposing 2023 Legislation Targeting Libraries

The EveryLibrary Institute released a policy brief, Opposing Attempts to Criminalize Librarianship Through State Obscenity Laws (registration required). The announcement of its publication states the following:

In 2023-2024, we anticipate that many legislators whose bills failed the last session will reintroduce language in this session and anti-access activists will be inspired to sponsor their own regressive initiatives. … [The policy brief aims] to help state library associations anticipate this legislation and prepare properly to oppose unnecessary politicized changes to settled state law. …

[The policy brief] is designed to help state association leaders understand the potential scope and impact of changes to longstanding exemptions while providing guidance and assistance in forming broad-based policy-focused coalitions to maintain current laws and practices. We see that these obscenity-related legislative initiatives are … closely related to attempts to limit access to content like school library databases and ebook libraries.

For more information, read the policy brief.



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