Library Complaint and Censorship Records (North Beverly Elementary School Library)

Chris Peterson filed this request with the North Beverly Elementary School Library of Beverly, 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: Sharon Ozereko

North Beverly Elementary School has received no such complaints or
requests to my knowledge.

Sharon Ozereko


Chris Peterson,

This is my second reply to you. I received an email request in March for
North Beverly Elementary School to which I replied by email.

I just received a fax from you claiming that I have not responded to email
on behalf of Ayers School. I never received such an email, but my
response is the same as for North Beverly. There have been no challenges
of our library material.

To give you the bigger picture:

These are elementary school libraries. Each school has 2 and one half
hours per week of actual licensed librarian services. The rest of my week
is spent teaching computer classes on a fixed schedule in the computer
lab. Library book circulation is handled almost entirely by parent

Hopefully this answeres your questions.

Thank you.

Sharon Ozereko


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