Welcome to the University Learning (IDST 199) Library Information Guide.
Below are links to the Pre-Test Survey and the library modules, as well as the Banned Book Scenario.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Anthony Paganelli (email@example.com).
Pre-Test Survey - Please take this Pre-Test Survey before you complete the modules. This is designed to help us understand the level of understanding you have of library and information. (https://wku.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8oV5r89vwk7nttk) The survey should take approximately 10 minutes.
Library Modules - There are Five Library Modules that you need complete before you attend the in-person library workshop. After each module you will receive a certificate. Save the certificate for each module because your instructor may ask for verification that you completed the work.
University Learning Library Modules (https://libguides.wku.edu/tutorials/UL_modules)
Banned Book Case Scenario - Please read the Banned Book information below before the in-person library workshop, so you will have an understanding of the topic.
When you come to class be ready to discuss this topic during the library workshop.
On March 22, 2023, the American Library Association (ALA) released statistics on the number of demands to censor library books from 2022, which was 1,269 requests to remove books from some school and public libraries. This is an increase from the 729 demands in 2021. This increase nearly doubled the challenges to remove books from school and public libraries in one year. Garcia (2023) noted that the majority of the books that were requested to be removed were books regarding “LGBTQIA+ and people of color.”
According to the Washington Post (2023), the recent increase in challenging books has caused numerous debates that has also reached the legal system, as “free-speech advocates, authors, parents, and the publisher Penguin Random House filed a federal lawsuit against a Florida school district over the removal of books covering gender and LGBTQ issues.”
Aycock, A. (2023). The Supreme Court’s mostly forgotten case on banning books. The Washington Post. Retrieved from https://wku.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://www.proquest.com/newspapers/supreme-courts-mostly-forgotten-case-on-banning/docview/2816237050/se-2
Garcia, R. (2023), American Library Association reports record number of demands to censor library books and materials in 2022. American Library Association News. Retrieved from https://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2023/03/record-book-bans-2022