Banned Books WeekSeptember 29–October 6, 2007
Free People Read Freely ®
Banned Books Week (BBW) celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met. As the Intellectual Freedom Manual (ALA, 7th edition) states:
How do we celebrate our own BBW? For a moment, lets ponder why our younger colleagues seldom bother to contradict nor express (at least publicly) contrary opinion to superior/head of association or committee/elder colleagues in the profession?
Those few who dare are either labeled as unprofessional, impatient, cannot "wait for their time to shine", arrogant or simply a "trouble-maker" and not a team player. When will be the day when our beloved association/profession can handle diversity of opinion of individual members and respect them for that? Is it doable?