Alabama Library Challenges (Albertville City Schools )

Chris Peterson filed this request with the Albertville City Schools of Albertville, AL .
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From: Chris Peterson


To Whom It May Concern:

We are a team of academic researchers studying information access and availability in public schools and libraries. We are contacting you as part of a national effort to help us better understand the scope and substance of the various challenges which arise in the course of administering a public library system or public school system.

Under Alabama's Public Records Law, we are requesting copies of the following public records:

-any complaints, requests, and/or challenges for removal, reclassification, and/or reconsideration of publications including books, magazines, movies, music, and/or other media, along with any associated records, petitions, and/or correspondence since January 1, 2003

-any current collection or curriculum development policy or policies governing your institution(s)

-any records related to Internet filtering, including but not limited to:

-any current acceptable use policies, web publishing policies, or equivalents

-any current contracts with Internet filtering services and/or providers

-any current categories of content which your provider offers to block, along with which categories your library or libraries currently block

-any modifications to the standard configuration of your filter, including lists of sites, services, URLs, keywords, or other identifiers which have been specifically configured as forbidden or allowed (i.e. "blacklists/whitelists")

We will use these records in our research. Please note that we are not asking for registration, circulation, or other private records protected by state law, and you should feel free to redact personally identifiable information from the records you send us, at your discretion.

You may respond to this request by sending electronic documents (e.g. emails, screen captures, spreadsheets, etc) or high-quality scanned PDFs to this inbox. If you cannot respond by email, please fax copies to 206-984-9551, with “MIA” written clearly at the top of the first page. If you do not have any documents responsive to our request, or if you have questions about how to respond, then you may email us at this inbox. In order to assist you in responding to our request, we have also posted guidelines and examples at http://mappinginfoaccess.org.

We understand that there may be fees associated with responding to our request. We ask that you waive any such fees in light of our project’s character, which is non-commercial, academic, open, and firmly in the public interest. If you are unable to waive fees, and if they are in excess of $20, please contact us with an estimate of fees before responding.

Thank you in advance for helping us better understand the important work that you do. If you have any questions about our request or our project, please email us at: team [at] mappinginfoaccess [dot] org.

Sincerely,

Emily Knox
Assistant Professor
Graduate School of Library & Information Science
University of Illinois

Shannon M. Oltmann
Assistant Professor
School of Library & Information Science
University of Kentucky

Chris Peterson
Researcher
Center for Civic Media, Media Lab
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 20, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Slivka,John

Please send me a mailing address and I will forward you what you have requested.

John Slivka, Ed. D.
Assistant Superintendent
Albertville City Schools

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From: Chris Peterson

Assistant Superintendent Slivka:

Thank you for your response. Please send responsive documents to this email address or to:

MuckRock
Dept MR7743
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Please let us know if you have any questions about the project or request.

Thank you.

From: Slivka,John

Thanks, Chris. Since there will be several pages, I would rather mail them
to you. Hope you don¹t mind. I do have one question:
One the item:

-any current collection or curriculum development policy or policies
governing your institution(s)

Is this for the media centers (collections) or the school district in
general?

John Slivka, Ed. D.
Assistant Superintendent
Albertville City Schools

From: Chris Peterson

Dr. Slivka:

Thank you -- mailing is fine. Whatever is easiest for your district.

On collection policies, we are looking for whichever policy/policies guides collection/curriculum development. Are there policies at both the district and individual school/media center level?

Thank you, again!

From: Slivka,John

Chris,

I will send you our District Media Center Handbook. That is the document
that has been coordinated/developed by all the media specialists, parents,
and myself. It drives the decision that are made by all the specialists.
While each school has their own committee for challenges and such, this is
the Handbook that lists the procedures. So I think this will be the best
document for what you’re after and if not you can let me know.

John Slivka, Ed. D.
Assistant Superintendent
Albertville City Schools

From: Chris Peterson

Dr. Slivka:

That sounds perfect. Thank you!

From: Albertville City Schools

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Albertville City Schools

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Slivka,John

Chris,

Just wanted to let you know that the information you requested went out
snail mail yesterday.

John Slivka, Ed. D.
Assistant Superintendent
Albertville City Schools

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