NMLA 2022 Speakers

Keynote Speaker - Suzette Baker

In March 2022, Suzette Baker, head librarian of the Kingsland Library Branch in Llano County, Texas, was terminated from her job for alleged “insubordination, creating a disturbance and failure to follow instructions”. Her firing came after repeatedly refusing to remove books from the library's shelves that dealt with gender and race, as county officials had demanded, and vocally protesting decisions to ban new book orders. Among the titles officials wanted removed were “How to Be an Antiracist,” by Ibram X. Kendi, and “Between the World and Me,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Since Suzette’s termination, a gofundme page has been created by patrons of the Kingsland Library, of which over 400 donations and almost $23,000 have been raised to provide support and assist with wrongful termination legal fees. Suzette’s experience has been a leading story in the Texas book wars and national book censorship trends and has been covered in The New York TimesAxios, The Texas Tribune and the Houston Chronicle. A First Amendment lawsuit filed by Llano County residents against county officials for removing public library books is still ongoing. Suzette is continuing to fight censorship and concerted efforts to push puritanical beliefs that target library collections.

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