Pat R. Scales is a retired middle and high school librarian in Greenville, SC. She has also served as adjunct instructor of children’s and young adult literature at Furman University, and has been a guest lecturer at universities across the nation. A First Amendment advocate, she is a former chair of ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee, and serves on the Board of Advisors of the National Coalition against Censorship. She is a past president of the Association of Library Service to Children, and in 2011 received the Distinguished Service Award. She chaired the 1992 Newbery Award Committee, the 2003 Caldecott Award Committee, and the 2001 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Committee. She writes for Book Links magazine and writes a bi-monthly column “Scales on Censorship” for School Library Journal. She is the author of Teaching Banned Books: 12 Guides for Young Readers; Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your School Library; Books under Fire: A Hit List of Banned and Challenged Children’s Books; Defending Frequently Challenged Young Adult Books; and Encourage Reading from the Start.