Are you passionate about defending intellectual freedom for teens?

We are editing Intellectual Freedom for Teens: A Practical Guide for YA and School Librarians to be published in 2012 by YALSA and ALA editions. Our hope is that it will help librarians prepare before a challenge has been received and appropriately respond to a complaint once it has been filed. Do you have an experience or idea that would inspire and inform your colleagues?

We are seeking stories from the trenches, ranging from informal interactions with library visitors to formal defenses in front of library or school boards to internal challenges with library staff. We would love to hear from librarians in both public and school library spheres.

We’re also looking for librarians who have promoted frequently challenged books through programming, displays, outreach, or lesson plans.

Please submit a short summary of your experience(s) (250 words or less) and email them to We will follow up with you shortly thereafter to determine if we can use your story or ideas in publication. We understand that in some instances it may be necessary to use your story without personally identifying information, so please contact us even if you would not like your name to appear in print.

Thank you in advance for your assistance with this important and much-needed resource for librarians.

Kristin Fletcher-Spear
Kelly Tyler

About Kelly Tyler

I work at the Los Angeles Public Library system as a Young Adult Librarian III. I serve as the mentor for new Young Adult librarians that are hired and advise our Young Adult Services office on issues and coordinate YA projects throughout my region. Within my own branch, I am the only YA librarian, so I do programming, school visits, book orders, and reference. I have been involved with YALSA for about four years. My YA blogging interests include technology, programming, and reading.

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