On behalf of Illinois State University, Milner Library invites Illinois PK-12 school librarians, media specialists, and paraprofessionals to attend the Inaugural Central Illinois School Library Censorship Summit on January 9, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the ISU Alumni Center. Areas of focus will include responding to official challenges; addressing collection concerns with stakeholders; writing and editing collection development and reconsideration policies; self-censorship; and educating parents on collection-related issues.

Program Objective

Participants will be able to critically reflect on the current landscape of censorship and book banning in the state of Illinois and learn methods to promote intellectual freedom.

Continuing Education

Teachers in Illinois will be able to claim up to 4 Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) through their Regional Office of Education (ROE).

Registration and Cancellation

There is no cost to attend the Summit, but registration is required for all attendees, speakers, and committee members through the online registration form. The form will close on December 20th, 2022. If you have registered but are unable to attend, please contact ISU Conference Services by emailing Megan at to cancel your registration.


All Summit sessions will be held at Illinois State University Alumni Center (1101 N. Main St, Normal, IL 61790) in Room 118. There is ample free parking located in front of the building.

Food / Beverage

Water and coffee will be available in the morning. A boxed lunch will be provided for lunch. During registration, you will select your box lunch sandwich or wrap option; you can also list any dietary restrictions. Water and soda will be available in the afternoon.


Please email Dr. Dallas Long, Dean of Milner Library, at with any questions relating to Summit programming. ISU Conference Services will be happy to provide information on the venue and assist with any issues you may experience during registration; please direct questions in these areas to Megan at

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Monday, January 9th
9:30 AM


9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

10:00 AM

Why ban books? Understanding the discourse of censorship (keynote address)

Emily Knox, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

11:00 AM


11:00 AM - 11:10 AM

11:10 AM

Being Proactive Amid the Landscape of Censorship and Book Banning in Illinois (panel presentation)

Janet Anderson, Barrington High School
Gina Caneva, Leyden High School
Andrea Jamison, Illinois State University
Sarah Steiger, Chicago Public Schools
Kara Thorstenson, Chicago Public Schools

11:10 AM - 12:10 PM

12:10 PM


12:10 PM - 1:00 PM

1:00 PM

Building Community: Collaborative Engagement in Promoting Intellectual Freedom (small group discussions)

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

2:00 PM


2:00 PM - 2:10 PM

2:10 PM

Our Future Directions: Protecting Intellectual Freedom as a Community (takeaways/closing)

2:10 PM - 3:00 PM