The Utah Library Association (ULA) has received numerous messages regarding a recent article published in the St. George Spectrum & Daily News titled “Southern Utah Library workers told to remove buttons, displays featuring LGBTQ-themed materials” by David DeMille. In light of renewed questions and concerns over library exhibit policies, ULA reiterates our commitment to the American Library Association (ALA) Library Bill of Rights, which states “Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.”
ULA upholds our fundamental professional value of equity, diversity, and inclusion and the belief that communities are best served when a variety of viewpoints and voices are represented in our collections and exhibits. ULA recognizes the importance of having a collection development policy that includes a process for responding to challenges to our materials, exhibits, and use of space. We will continue to work with our members to develop library policies regarding exhibits and intellectual freedom challenges and welcome any feedback you have on these issues.
Rebekah Cummings, ULA President
Dan Compton, Past President
Vern Waters, ULA President-Elect
Wanda Huffaker, Chair, ULA Intellectual Freedom Committee