A new prohibition era: Book banning, prison abolition, and librarians.
Authors: Birch, Stephanie
Article Type: Other
Abstract: Banned Books Week is a hallmark tradition among US-based librarians and the American Library Association. Yet, the ALA and librarians across the profession are excluding the most significant and egregious violations of intellectual freedom and access to literature and information in our so-called free society – the US prison system. In this essay, the author discusses the significance of carceral book banning and why libraries’ interest divergence from social and prison justice movements are counterproductive and uphold systems of racial injustice.
Keywords: Banned books, mass incarceration, libraries, prison abolition, interest convergence
Citation: Education for Information, vol. 38, no. 4, pp. 415-422, 2022