Censorship and Selection: Issues and Answers for Schools, Third Edition

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Censorship! The word itself sparks debate, especially when the context is the public school. Since the publication of the second edition of this landmark book in 1993, wired classrooms, legal challenges, and societal shifts have changed the landscape for the free exchange of ideas. Completely revised and updated, this new edition remains the most comprehensive guide for protecting the freedom to read in schools.

For school librarians and media specialists, teachers, and administrators, Reichman covers the different media (including books, school newspapers, and the Internet), the important court cases (including recent litigations involving Harry Potter, the Internet, and Huck Finn), the issues in dispute (including violence, religion, and profanity), and how the laws on the books can be incorporated into selection policies. An entire chapter is devoted to troubleshooting and answering the question of "What do we do if . . . ?"

Look no further for the best and most specific information on providing access and facing challenges to intellectual freedom. You'll find answers if you are asking questions like these:

  • What is the distinction between making selection decisions and censoring?
  • What are the legal constraints on schools offering electronic information sources and the Internet?
  • What rights and responsibilities does a school administration have when faced with censorship challenges?
  • What are the legal precedents that have been set in recent cases relating to popular fiction (e.g., Stephen King, R. L. Stine, J. K. Rowling)?

Written by a longtime expert on the protections of the First Amendment and U.S. Constitution, the new Censorship and Selection will provide you with all of the need-to-knows for crafting a selection policy in the digital age.

Henry Reichman

Henry Reichman, Ph.D., is chair of the history department and professor of history at California State University in Hayward. He is associate editor and principal writer for ALA's Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom and served as assistant director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom. Reichman is a graduate of Columbia University and earned his doctorate degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley. A specialist in Russian history, he is the author of a historical monograph and numerous scholarly articles and reviews.

"...this new edition remains the most comprehensive guide for protecting the freedom to read in schools...Censorship and Selection will provide you with all of the need-to-knows for crafting a selection policy in the digital age."

Praise for earlier editions: "This is an absolutely essential purchase for schools and libraries—and in fact could be effectively used in workshops in those settings...This topic and this subject will never go away; in fact, the issues mutate and the groups who want to censor change their tactics—so it is vital that we all stay current and vigilant, and this work helps us do just that."–KLIATT

"...an important book."
—Education Digest

"With challenges to both public and school library materials on the rise, Reichman's manual provides sound practical advice on how to handle this complex and emotionally charged subject."

"...focuses on the twin problems of book censorship and materials selection... Filled with valuable suggestions, this book informs and prepares school officials to deal with censorship and instructional material selection. It offers a concise summary of laws regarding library and textbook decisions and a three-page checklist that no school administrator should be without."
—American School Board Journal

"...would certainly satisfy needs on this topic for librarians and media specialists, and is a great resource for teaching First Amendment rights in the classroom."
—School Library Journal

"...a valuable part of the ‘arsenal of defences' available to help in a confrontation with a would be censor."