Challenged Materials Survey

Intellectual freedom is a fundamental value for libraries. As the voice of the Canadian library community, CLFA-FCAB affirms that libraries have a responsibility to support, defend, and promote intellectual freedom. On February 1, 2017, the members of CFLA-FCAB endorsed the Statement on Intellectual Freedom and Libraries. It reads in part:

Libraries have a core responsibility to safeguard and facilitate access to constitutionally protected expressions of knowledge, imagination, ideas, and opinion, including those which some individuals and groups consider unconventional, unpopular or unacceptable…

Libraries provide, defend and promote equitable access to the widest possible variety of expressive content and resist calls for censorship and the adoption of systems that deny or restrict access to resources.

As part of our commitment to intellectual freedom, CFLA-FCAB supports the Annual Challenges Survey of materials and services challenged in Canadian libraries. Now in its 11th iteration, the Survey is conducted this year under the auspices of CFLA-FCAB. The survey creates a national snapshot of the nature and outcome of challenges to intellectual freedom in publicly-funded Canadian libraries. By documenting and reporting these incidents, Canadian libraries demonstrate their commitment to public accountability and institutional transparency.

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Survey Results and Reports from Previous Years

(Note: Prior to 2016, the Challenged Materials Survey was conducted under the auspices of the Canadian Library Association).

2015

Titles, Authors, & Policies

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Report

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2014

Database

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Final Report

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2013

Database

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Final Report

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2012

Database

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Final Report

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2011

Database

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Final Report

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2010

Database

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Final Report

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2006-2009

2006-2009 Summary Report

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2009

Database

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Final Report

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2008

Database

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2007

Database

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Final Report

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2006

Database

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