Library Complaint and Censorship Records (Swift River Elementary School Library)

Chris Peterson filed this request with the Swift River Elementary School Library of Belchertown, MA.
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From: Chris Peterson

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Massachusetts Public Records Law (M. G. L. Chapter 66, Section 10) for a copy of the following records:

Copies of written and electronic complaints and challenges for removal, reclassification, or other reconsideration of publications including books, magazines, movies, websites (e.g. filtered from library computers), or other media from January 1, 2010, to present, as well as records, petitions, and correspondence related to these challenges.

We seek such records as, for example, are classified by the Massachusetts’ Supervisor of Public Records Municipal Records Retention Manual under Section 17.004: Complaint and Censorship Records, though we do not limit our request to those so classified.

According to 950 CMR 32.06(5), every custodian of records is encouraged to waive fees where disclosure would benefit the public interest, as we believe these will. This request is part of a research project by the Center for Civic Media to better understand how and why library materials are challenged in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We are committed to open access and plan to make our findings broadly available to the public. If fees cannot be waived please inform me in advance.

We ask that, if possible, you please respond via email with text documents or clear, high-quality scanned PDFs. If you cannot reply electronically, please mail us the best quality copies you reasonably can. Your efforts helps us ensure broad accessibility and equity.

The statute requires your response to this request within 10 business days. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in helping us better understand this important aspect of the work that you do. Please feel free to email me directly if you have any further questions.


- Chris Peterson
Research Assistant
Center for Civic Media
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

From: Judith Houle

Dear Mr. Peterson,

As the custodian of the records for the Belchertown Public Schools, I am
responding to your request for public records for the following
libraries within our school system for the time period of January 1,
2010 to present:

* Swift River Elementary School - no responsive documents

* Chestnut Hill Community School - no responsive documents

* Jabish Brook Middle School - no responsive documents

* Belchertown High School - no responsive documents.

Please send all future requests for any such documents through this
office for any entity within the Belchertown Public Schools.

In response to your request under the assumption that these data are
used as part of your research, I am requesting copies of MIT's
institutional review process and approval for this research project,
including disclosure, safeguards, and dissemination. Electronic versions
are acceptable, sent to this email. I look forward to your reply as soon
as possible.

Sincerely, Dr. Judith Houle, Superintendent of Schools


Judith C. Houle, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools

Belchertown Public Schools

14 Maple Street, Box 841

Belchertown, MA 01007

Phone: 1.413.323.0423

Fax: 1.413.323.0448

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