According to Access to Library Resources and Services for Minors: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights, “Libraries should not limit the selection and development of library resources simply because minors will have access to them. Institutional self-censorship diminishes the credibility of the library in the community and restricts access for all library users,” new librarians as well as librarians who have been one a long time, should always remember this. What surprises me is how often books get banned because it is inappropriate for minors or young adults and this, in turn, limits their selection and more. A child is in their learning stage as they grow older
A child is in their learning stage as they grow older which is what their childhood should be about. I was glad to see the “the right to be protected from harmful drugs and from the drug trade,” and “right to not be hurt or mistreated,” on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Child-friendly language because the world where a child doesn’t feel safe is a sad world. Although it is nice to see, the news paints a different picture that children are not being protected or safe with their parents. Maybe librarians can focus more on exploring these rights with them instead of banning books.
Access to Library resources and services for Minors. (2014). Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/librarybill/interpretations/access-library-resources-for-minors
UNICEF. (n.d.). UN Convention on the Rights of the Child In Child-Friendly Language [PDF file]. Retrieved from https://www.unicef.org/rightsite/files/uncrcchilldfriendlylanguage.pdf