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The EveryLibrary Institute and Book Riot Publish Data on Libraries and Censorship
The EveryLibrary Institute and Book Riot issued their final report from the parent survey series they conducted in 2023 that “gathered insights from 3,206 parents and guardians with children under 18 across three surveys between September and November 2023. The surveys asked parents and guardians about their perception of librarians’ trustworthiness as professionals and curators of a library collection and their attitudes toward books and book bans.” The report is designed to “inform librarians about curating content and creating policies that align with community values and expectations, as well as inform policymakers and educators about making decisions that reflect the actual views of parents rather than those of special interest groups.”
The EveryLibrary Institute also published a white paper, “Demographics of Book Bans” (download required), which “analyzes the characteristics of towns, cities, counties, and school districts experiencing high instances of book ban and censorship activity in public libraries or school libraries.” The white paper “shows that efforts to ban books and censor content in school libraries and public libraries are predominantly found in more privileged areas—white, wealthy, educated, and employed—and driven by fear of societal changes and loss of traditional privileges.”
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