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ALA's Office of Intellectual Freedom lists current attempts in their newsletter with its "Censorship Update".

People for the American Way  Selectively list censorship attempts on their website (see "").

For specifics on the laws and some recent court cases see

bulletUS Code: 18USC1461, n16: Obscene Matter (Type in 18USC1461 in all volumes)
bulletWisconsin Statutes Annotated, 948.11: Exposing a child to harmful material or harmful descriptions or narrations (Type in 948.11)
bulletFolke's Dealing with Selection and Censorship, pp. 35-37 (appendix B) for regulatory law and appendix D for court cases 
bulletBoard of Education, Island Tree Union Free School district, No. 26 vs. Pico
bulletMinors' Right to Receive Information under the First Amendment

ALA's Dealing with Concerns about Library Resources  Good source of a sample form. The ALA Workbook on Selection Policy Writing provides sample language for the process.

Challenged Materials: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights  ALA's description of the problem

ALA Dealing with Concerns about Library Resources  Provides some good pointers

bulletWEMA Home Page - Intellectual Freedom Sites 
bulletLibrary Policy Archive:  Library Bill of Rights) 
bulletALA Office for Intellectual Freedom
bulletFreedom to Read Foundation
bulletALA'S Banned Books Week
bulletThe File Room  illustrated archive on censorship searchable by medium, author, etc.
bulletBanned Books Online
bulletMost Frequently Banned Books in the 1990's (1998)
bulletFirst Amendment Cyber-Tribune  Censorship alerts, Supreme Court decisions, etc.
bulletFree Expression Clearinghouse  Censorship alerts.
bulletIndex on Censorship  World-wide listing of threats to freedom of speech.
bullet100 banned books : censorship histories of world literature by Nicholas J. Karolides, Margaret Bald, and Dawn B. Sova
bulletBanned in the U.S.A. : a reference guide to book censorship in schools and public libraries by Herbert N. Foerstel.
bulletBanned books 1996 resource guide by Robert P. Doyle
bulletLesesne, T.S. (2002). Hit list for young adults 2 : frequently challenged books. Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).
bulletBecker, B. C.(2002). Hit list for children 2 : frequently challenged books. Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association.
Hit list : frequently challenged books for young adults (1996). Intellectual Freedom Committee of the Young Adult Library Services Association. 

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