December 9, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Pat Scales Special Collections Room Opens | Picture of the Week

The Pat Scales Special Collections Room opened at the Carmichael Library on the campus of Scales’s alma mater, the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, AL.

Offended at Open Mic | Scales on Censorship

A controversial student poetry reading; controlling bookmobile offerings; questioning ‘James and the Giant Peach.’

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Art History Without Nudity?; Gay “Captain Underpants” | Scales on Censorship

A teacher requests that students study art selectively; complaints about gay “Captain Underpants” content; objection to a teacher’s book choices.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Trigger Warnings and Emotional Distress

How should librarians present material that may upset some students?

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Pat Scales, Rainbow Rowell Honored by NCAC

The National Coalition Against Censorship honored SLJ’s “Scales on Censorship” columnist Pat Scales and “Eleanor and Park” author Rainbow Rowell at its annual gala on Tuesday, November 1.

SLJ Columnist Pat Scales Wins ALSC Distinguished Service Award

Pat Scales, School Library Journal’s Scales on Censorship columnist, has been named this year’s Distinguished Service Award recipient by the Association for Library Service to Children.

Fresh Alternatives Build Engagement | Scales on Censorship

Censorship expert Pat Scales offers guidance on helping competitive readers find their own thing, balancing the responsibility to protect privacy, and orienting new teachers to the role of the library.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Open Door Policy for All Students | Scales on Censorship

The importance of providing student access to the library.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Value Judgment | Scales On Censorship

This month, Pat Scales fires back on a principal who nixes the study of a novel with a Buddhist mother-character in a world religions program, a teacher who wants to label library books by reading-level, and a company contracted for book fairs that labels a graphic novel featuring a kiss between two boys as “Mature Content.”

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Diversity, Intellectual Freedom, and Innovation | Professional Reading

The latest professional reading encourages bringing dynamic, diverse, and innovative materials to patrons, from Pat Scales’s Books Under Fire to Adelaide Poniatowski Phelps and Carole J. McCollough’s Coretta Scott King Award Books Discussion Guide.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Should ‘Girl’ Books Be Labeled? | Scales on Censorship

A public librarian asks if merging her teen and adult collection will reduce the challenges to the YA literature collection; a school librarian writes about the superintendent’s restriction on teaching some of the classics listed on the Facts on Fiction website. SLJ censorship columnist, Pat Scales, provides answers to these matters and more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

SLJ Columnist Pat Scales Addresses Censorship Concerns in Libraries

Librarian and SLJ columnist Pat Scales responds to a range of censorship issues from librarians around the country.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Pictures of the Week: National Coalition Against Censorship Award Gala; National Book Award Ceremony

A variety of authors were celebrated this week at both the National Coalition Against Censorship Award Gala and the National Book Award Ceremony.