Did your library deal with a book, Internet, or other access challenge in 2016?

Dear Library Colleagues,

Did your library experience any challenges to materials, resources, services, or policies in 2016? Challenges include disputes about Internet access, meeting rooms, speakers, library displays, exhibitions, or other matters that would prevent or restrict access to titles, collections, services, or other resources.

If so, please report the details of each challenge in this longstanding survey, which is being conducted for the first time by the Canadian Federation of Library Associations-Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA-FCAB).

Your responses will help inform CFLA-FCAB policy and advocacy work on behalf of the membership and the Canadian public. Results are shared widely with the Book and Periodical Council [of Canada] and the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association. An anonymized version of the 2016 challenges database will be available without charge on the CFLA-FCAB website.

The purpose of the survey is to gather data about the nature and outcomes of challenges to library materials and policies initiated in publicly funded Canadian libraries (e.g., public, school, post-secondary, and government) between JANUARY 1 and DECEMBER 31, 2016.

Please submit one form per challenge. (If your library experienced multiple challenges, each challenge requires a separate submission.)

Survey in English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LQQHBJK

Survey in French: https://fr.surveymonkey.com/r/LQG6T3G

So that we can share preliminary findings in time for “Freedom to Read Week,” please participate if at all possible by Wednesday, February 15, 2017. But the survey will remain open until March 31, 2017.

If you have questions about the survey, feel free to contact me at alvin.schrader@ualberta.ca or 780-719-4907.

On behalf of CFLA-FCAB, thank you for participating in this important national work!

Alvin M Schrader,
Survey Administrator 2017