New Jersey school district omits librarians from review of multiple LGBTQ + library books
North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District in New Jersey neglected to appoint librarians to the committee reviewing a challenge to several award-winning LGBTQ-themed library books, including that of Alison Bechdel Fun house, by Jonathan Ãvison Lawn boy, Homosexual gender by Maia Kobabe, and This book is gay by Juno Dawson. The NCAC, along with the Authors’ Guild, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the National Council of Teachers of English, PEN America, the PEN Children’s and Young Adult Book Committee, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, are deeply concerned about this violation of the rights of the board of directors. Politics.
Council Policy 9130 requires that each of these committees include a library staff member. Strict adherence to book review procedures is necessary to ensure that the public has confidence that, when library books are challenged, “the principles of intellectual freedom, the right of access to documents and the integrity of certified staff. library / media [are] defended rather than materials. (Council Regulation 2530).
This case relates exclusively to books with LGBTQ + themes, suggesting that the challenge is based on personal hostility to the content of the books, as opposed to their educational value.
New Jersey law requires every district to include education in LGBTQ + history, which is inconsistent with removing large numbers of LGBTQ-themed books from school libraries.
The NCAC urges the district to suspend the work of the review committee until a library staff member is appointed, and to make it clear to all teachers, administrators, and staff that by-laws should be followed when issues arise. challenges are brought to the learning material.
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