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Challenged Materials

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April 11, 2016




Linda Hofschire (CO)



For years Colorado has tracked challenges to materials as part of its PLS data collection. Does anyone else collect this information?



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Lisa Dale (CA)




Stacey Malek (TX)


Texas does not.


Jamie McCanless (WI)




Wisconsin does not, but that’s interesting. What do you collect? Number of challenges? Titles challenged?


Linda Hofschire (CO)


Hi Jamie,

We collect number of challenges, format (computer, video, book, etc.), intended audience, reason for challenge, and how the challenge was resolved. Here is an infographic summarizing our 2014 results: http://www.lrs.org/fast-facts-reports/challenged-materials-in-colorado-public-libraries-2014/  


I received an inquiry from ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom regarding whether other states collect this information.




Whitney Payne (GA)


Georgia does not.


Amy Heebner (NY)


New York does not collect that information.


Robbie DeBuff (NV)


Nevada does not.


Joe Manion (MN)


Minnesota does not.  But, I will propose to our public libraries as an added element for 2016.


Lisa Hickle (OH)


Ohio does not.


Susan Hoskins (WV)


WV does not.


Nelson Worley (VA)


Virginia does not.


Patrick Bodily (ID)


Idaho doesn’t either.


Carole Suzui (HI)


Hawaii does not.


Lauren Plews (RI)


Rhode Island does not.


Jenny Melvin (ME)


Maine does not collect this data.


Megan Schulz (KS)


Kansas does not.


Robert Keith (NJ)


New Jersey does not track this.


Jaime Ball (AZ)


Arizona does not.


Joy Garretson (MS)


Mississippi doesn’t report this on the PLS, but we have started counting and keeping track of them (as much as possible) here: http://mlc.lib.ms.us/ms-libraries/mcbi/. You’ll notice that we haven’t listed any for 2016, but we’re hoping to track this closely and get our libraries more accustomed to reporting challenges.


Jeremiah Kellogg (VT)


The Vermont Dept of Libraries does not track this, but the Vermont Library Association has just implemented a form that Vermont Libraries can fill out to report challenged materials: http://www.vermontlibraries.org/report/.   


Cathy Van Hoy (OK)


The Oklahoma Library Association has a database of challenged forms but it isn’t open to the public. Here’s the form.


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Thomas Ivie (WY)


Wyoming does not track


Jamie Mott (IL)


Illinois does not track.


Linda Hofschire (CO)


Hi all,

Thanks very much for answering my question about challenges. Jamie LaRue, who is the new Office for Intellectual Freedom director, has requested that any future challenges data be sent directly to him at jlarue@ala.org.  Jay – I passed on your spreadsheet to him.


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