1. Why One Librarian Banned a Book

    Klint Finley

    Scott R. DiMarco of the Mansfield University of Pennsylvania campus library writes:

    The story begins with two staff members and one librarian who enthusiastically created and ran a week of interactive programs for banned book week. The turnout was tepid. A panel discussion on the subject drew six people. Five were librarians and staff members. The sixth was Dennis Miller, our public relations director, who recently published his second novel, One Woman’s Vengeance. As we talked about various books that are still being banned at different locations around the country, Miller said, “You should ban mine. It has sex, violence and adult language.”

    He was joking, but his statement emphasized that as long as one book can be banned, any book is a target.

    Two of my staff members and one librarian thought it over and came to me a couple days later, suggesting that we should, indeed, ban it during Banned Books Week. We talked over the ramifications and I agreed. We contacted Miller, an ardent opponent of censorship.

    He agreed to participate.

    Full Story: College and Research Libraries News: Why I banned a book: How censorship can impact a learning community

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