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RCLS Advocacy Committee: Intellectual Freedom

Reconsideration Form

Complete this form in order for RCLS to capture book, program, and display challenges. Information captured in this form will be used to provide statistical information during advocacy sessions with elected officials. For questions regarding this form, please contact Jen Park, Government Relations Specialist at RCLS, and 

First Amendment Audits

ALA Book Résumés

Unite Against Book Bans, in collaboration with the publishing community, unveils a free collection of book résumés at to support librarians, educators, parents, students, and other community advocates in their efforts to keep frequently challenged books on shelves.

The Life Cycle of a Library Book from Wisconsin Library Association

The ABC's of Book Banning

In recent years, more than 2,500 books have been removed from school districts around the US, labeled as bannedrestricted, or challenged, and made unavailable to millions of students. By no accident, the themes targeted are the usual scapegoats of the American Right—LGBTQ+ issues, Black History, and women’s empowerment—impeding the power of future generations to develop their own thoughts and opinions on critical social issues. By weaving together a lyrical montage of young readers and authors, THE ABCs OF BOOK BANNING reveals the voices of the impacted parties, and inspires hope for the future through the profound insights of inquisitive youthful minds.

More information about the film may be found here.


Adverse Legislation Tracker from ALA

Addressing Adverse Legislation

The Importance of Library Policies

Legislation and Legal Information (ALA member resource, access with member login)

Libraries, the First Amendment, and Censorship (ALA member resource, access with member login)

State Legislative Toolkit

During the recent legislative sessions, state legislators introduced a range of that would have impaired the ability of libraries, library staff, and library boards to acquire and provide diverse materials, resources, and programming to their communities. These bills have been introduced in the 2024 legislative sessions at unprecedented rates; see the adverse legislation tracker below.

Banned Books Symposium

Thank you for making the Banned Books Symposium a success!

CRT Forward from UCLS Law School

The UCLA School of Law Critical Race Studies Program (CRS) launched CRT Forward, an initiative to address the current attacks on Critical Race Theory (CRT) while also highlighting the past, present and future contributions of the theory. 

Since September 2020, a total of 246 local, state, and federal government entities across the United States have introduced 805 anti-Critical Race Theory bills, resolutions, executive orders, opinion letters, statements, and other measures.

Access our full Report, CRT Forward: Tracking the Attack on Critical Race Theory, for more information on national, content-specific, and California anti-CRT trends between 2021 and 2022.