The post about intellectual freedom and equal access got me thinking of a couple of times I’ve actually personally dealt with this issue. Once, when I was working at a library at Adams County, a patron wanted to have the childrens’ book And Tango Makes Three banned because he was so upset that his kids had brought it home.I was surprised at how much compassion I showed for the man, even though I disagreed with him. I guided him through the complaint/appeal process surprisingly calmly, and I think that actually helped him to calm down too.
Also, as a used book buyer at the Tattered Cover, customers bring in books all the time that I find personally offensive (Conservative-leaning books that are anti-gay, or that assert that the ACLU is anti-American, etc.). After much soul searching I decided that a) The ACLU would tell me to buy even the anti-ACLU books, and that b) it’s not my business to decide what books we should make available to people.
Do you guys agree or disagree? Have you ever had any similar experiences?