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The Texas Library Association (TLA) holds that the freedom to read is a corollary of the constitutional guarantee of freedom of the press. Freedom of choice in selecting materials is a necessary safeguard to the freedom to read and shall be protected against irresponsible attempts by self-appointed censors to abridge it.

We understand that this is a stressful and challenging time. TLA created this brief, seven-question survey, to help us identify additional ways that we can support members dealing with materials challenges and other intellectual freedom issues. If you haven’t completed it, please take a few minutes to share your thoughts with us.

You can also use TLA Engage to seek feedback or advice from other members. And always, please reach out to us with questions at any time.

Reporting Censorship

Any library employee or library supporter who knows of a complaint or challenge is encouraged to contact the chair of  TLA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) and report such incidents to the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.  You may report these incidents anonymously.  You can also contact the TLA office (512-328-1518) for the current IFC chair’s contact information.

ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom

The staff of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom is available to answer questions or provide assistance to librarians, trustees, educators and the public about intellectual freedom issues and resources. Areas of assistance include policy development, First Amendment issues, and professional ethics. Inquiries can be directed via email to oif@ala.org or via phone at (312) 280-4226.

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