The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” This amendment is part of the original Bill of Rights enshrined in the constitution. Suppression of this right of free speech is known as censorship.
Our Censorship LibGuide provides information related to the First Amendment, highlighting resources about freedom of information, religious freedom, banned & challenged books, and much more. This is an important topic for libraries, as intellectual freedom and access to information is enshrined in the Library Bill of Rights, published by the American Library Association, which serves as a guide for library services. This LibGuide connects users to a number of reference, general collection, and eBooks available on these topics.
Besides library resources, the LibGuide also spotlights organizations, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Coalition Against Censorship, and the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. The mission of these organizations is to protect the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, as well as fight against censorship with legal assistance, education, and advocacy. The Censorship LibGuide is an excellent primer in all topics related to censorship and intellectual freedom, and a perfect starting place for your research.
You can locate the Censorship LibGuide, and many others, under “Find” on the library homepage. Simply select “Subject, Course, and Research Guides” and do a quick search for ‘Censorship.’ For assistance with LibGuides, or any other research help, contact the Library Reference Desk: email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 402-557-7313, or use our 24/7 Librarian chat service.
Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than Books, V. 20 No. 2, Spring 2017.