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A Legal–ish Perspective on Book Challenges

Tuesday, March 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Register for a seat in this one-hour webinar.

Any quick glance at news from the library community will yield multiple stories of book challenges in public and school libraries throughout the United States. The challenges that make the news are often highly-charged and polarizing events involving the community, stakeholder groups, and the media. In response, California’s Witkin State Law Library has fielded requests
from librarians, administrators, and library staff who want to learn more about the topic from a legal perspective.

Presenters will discuss the legal underpinnings of book challenges and include examples of statutes and case law. Also, topics that cover the before, during, and aftermath of book challenges in California and elsewhere will be examined. Examples of these topics include sample material challenge policies and resource recommendations for better understanding library governing board roles and responsibilities.

This presentation is intended as a legal-ish overview of the current state of book challenges. Legal “ish” because the presenters are law librarians, and cannot provide legal advice but can present research and identify best practices from legal and professional sources.

CALL SPONSORED:  CALL is offering a limited number of free seats to California library staff in this Infopeople course. Please use the link above to register for one of these no-cost seats. In order to gain the most impact from learning events sponsored by the CALL grant we ask that all participants engage fully (attend, participate, discuss and share). If you are unable or not willing to agree to this, please be kind and leave a seat or place for someone else.


Tuesday, March 15
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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A Legal--ish Perspective on Book Challenges