Freedom to Read: Banned Books (& Comics) Week 2014

Banned Books 2014-2

Banned Books Week is being celebrated this year from September 21-21, 2014. Although the general slogan for the week is “Celebrating the Freedom to Read” (, this year’s focus is on challenges to comics and graphic novels. (

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), a non-profit organization, has created a Banned Books Week Handbook that is available to download at no cost. ( The Banned Books Week Handbook includes information on “what comics are banned, how to report and fight censorship, and how to make a celebration of Banned Books Week.” (Id.). CBLDF has also released discussion guides that “provide guided questions and activities centered around challenged graphic novels” and has prepared its own FAQ page called Banned Books Week 101. (Id.) According to the CBLDF, comics are challenged for similar reasons as books, including “’adult content,’ ‘language,’ ‘sex/nudity,’ or ‘inappropriate for age group.’” ( For examples of banned/challenged comics, see 22 Banned and Challenged Comics on the CBLDF website.

A printed version of some of the CBLDF FAQs is included in the law library’s Banned Book Week display (pictured above), located in the lobby on the first floor of Gold Star. The books on the display represent historically challenged books and the ten most challenged books of 2013. The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom reported 307 challenges in 2013, and the top ten most frequently challenged were:

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey (offensive language, unsuited for age group, & violence);
  2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison (offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, & violence);
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie (drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, & unsuited to age group);
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James (nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, & unsuited to age group);
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (religious viewpoint & unsuited to age group);
  6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone (drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, & sexually explicit);
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green (drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, & unsuited to age group);
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky (drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, & unsuited to age group);
  9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya (occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, & sexually explicit); and,
  10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith (political viewpoint, racism, & violence). (Source:

Jeff Smith, the author of the Bone comic series, drew the cover for the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook. ( See CBLDF Board Member and Bone Creator Jeff Smith on Banned Books Week on the CBLDF website for Mr. Smith’s comments on Banned Books Week and its emphasis on comics this year.

For more information about why comics and graphic novels are banned, visit the CBLDF at For more information on Banned Books Week, visit the ALA’s Banned & Challenged Books website at

Law Library Hours Over Thanksgiving Break

Law students will have 24 hour access to the Law Library over Thanksgiving Break, but the circulation desk will be open limited hours:

    • Wednesday, November 27: 7:30am – 3:00pm
    • Thursday, November 28: Closed
    • Friday, November 29: Closed
    • Saturday, November 30: 9:00am – 6:00pm

Over the Thanksgiving break law students will be able to access the law library using their StarCards. You may test your StarCard by visiting the circulation desk before November 27. More information about 24 hour access to the law library is available at

To report unauthorized persons in the Law Library over Thanksgiving Break or to report any personal or facility-related emergency, please call Oklahoma City University police at 208-5911. Additional campus safety tips are available at:

Study Room reservations will continue to be available while the circulation desk is closed. You can find more information about study room reservations at

National Library Week Scavenger Hunt

How well do you know your library resources? Grab a friend and your camera to win tickets for the Grand Prize raffle, a guaranteed study room one night of the reading period or finals stocked with cookies and your choice of soda.

  • Law students working in groups of 2 or more will take their picture with up to 10 library resources.
  • At least 1 group member must be in each photo. If you do not have a camera phone, you may check out a camera from the circulation desk.
  • No photos may be taken on the 3rd floor or disturb studying students.
  • Photos should be mailed to with Scavenger Hunt in the subject and each team member’s name in the body of the email. Please note in your email if you would prefer not to have your photos posted to the law library’s website or in future law library publications.

A raffle ticket will be awarded to each team member for each of the following resources.  The team with the best photos will be awarded double tickets and an additional prize.

1. A volume of the American Indian Law Review published the year of a team member’s birth.
2. A Study Aid on Criminal Law.
3. A volume of the Oklahoma City University Law Review from the year a team member began law school.
4. A CLE published by the OBA in the last 5 years.
5. A librarian.
6. The faculty publication display in the 2nd floor lobby.
7. A CFR printed in 2013.
8. A copy of the Wall Street Journal.
9. A team member enjoying a cup of free coffee.
10. The entire team with the exterior of the building in the background.

Civility Discussion today at 1:00pm

Join the Law Library this afternoon for a discussion about civility in the  legal profession. Panelists are Dean Valerie Couch, Andre Caldwell, and Tony Lacy. More information about the event and the panelists is available on the LABrary LibGuide. The discussion begins at 1:00 in the Native American Wing. Coffee and light desserts will be provided. We look forward to seeing you this afternoon.

If you can not participate in the live discussion please follow us on Twitter @oculawlibrary #LABrary2013 for live tweets from the event or join the online discussion.



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Profiles in Success Podcast – October 2009

Profiles in Success Podcast

In the academic year’s first episode of the "Profiles in Success" podcast, we talk to the OCU LAW Department of Academic Achievement. Director Stephen Foster and Assistant Director Chelsea Baldwin discuss the programs they have put in place to help OCU LAW students make the most of their time in law school, from the "Foundational Skills" series to the "Conquer The Bar" program. The two have a great deal of advice for any student, no matter his or her place in law school, from bar exam preparation to calendaring. 

Chelsea Baldwin also recently wrote a guest blog post about effective ways to manage e-mail.

Listen to the Profiles in Success podcast by clicking below or in the podcast player at left. The podcast also is available for free through iTunes.

OCU LAW News Podcast – August 2009

C. Blue Clark

In this edition of the OCU LAW News Podcast, we speak to Instructor of Law C. Blue Clark, who has authored a new book detailing the American Indian tribes of Oklahoma. The book, published through the University of Oklahoma Press, is titled Indian Tribes of Oklahoma: A Guide

"It always surprises me that Native peoples are all but invisible within the contemporary United States," says Professor Clark. "There is a vast Indian Country out there that’s ready to be visited, that’s ready to be danced in if one is respectful, that’s ready to do business with, but it remains invisible."

Professor Clark holds the David Pendleton Chair in American Indian Studies and serves as Intertribal, Governmental and Cultural Advisor for the Native American Legal Resource Center at OCU LAW. He holds a bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma and is the author of Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock: Treaty Rights and Indian Law at the end of the Nineteenth Century (1999, paperback ed.). He is a member of the Muscogee Creek tribe.

Listen to the podcast in the player at left or by clicking below. The podcast also is available through iTunes, Podcast Alley and Odeo.