Magazine article American Libraries

Note & Quoted

Magazine article American Libraries

Note & Quoted

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"The controversy isn't that we allow censorship but that a book like The New Jim Crow that does not pose a threat to prison security can land on the restricted list. But the list is not permanent. Public pressure that comes from controversial restrictions will only encourage the refinement of how prisons choose what materials to keep from inmates.

"Prison librarians are still librarians. They have the responsibility to respectfully raise their concerns when it appears that an item has been wrongfully restricted. While keeping an open mind and being willing to hear the reasons why a material was restricted, librarians can be a helpful countercheck on the process."

ANDREW HART, "Librarians Despise Censorship. How Can Prison Librarians Handle That? It's Complicated," The Washington Post, January 16.

"Libraries literally aren't just a place to obtain books for free. They're one of the few public spaces left in our society where you're allowed to exist without the expectation of spending money."

AMANDA KILLIAN, @_Amanda_Killian, on Twitter, December 21.

"I understand there are some who will balk at this experiment, wondering if the elimination of fines poses a 'moral hazard'? To be clear, I'm not advocating a system with zero accountability. Patrons would need to return their items before checking out new ones, and still pay for lost items. I'm advocating a system in which a family does not need to choose between dinner and using the public library. …

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