Library Complaint and Censorship Records (Mullen Hall Elementary School Library Media Center)

Chris Peterson filed this request with the Mullen Hall Elementary School Library Media Center of Falmouth, 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: Eileen Roarke

Good Afternoon:

I am new to the profession and have not yet had any challenges and/or
complaints. While there may have been complaints and/or formal challenges
I have no records available at this time. Best of luck in your research.

Thanks - Eileen

Eileen Roarke, M.S.I.S.
Library Teacher
Mullen-Hall School
(508) 548-0220 ext. 410.

"It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that
matters, in the end"
-Ursula K. Le Guin


To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 19, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Eileen Roarke


I replied on 3/19 as you can read in the conversation below. As I
explained (see previous reply), I am new to the profession and want to
comply but I do not understand what you are asking for unless it is a
record of all complaints and challenges? if you are interested in a record
of challenges and/or complaints -as I have explained - no such records
exist so i am not able to submit anything at this time.

Please review my previous response, answer my questions and then tell me
specifically what, if anything, I can do to help.

Kind regards- Eileen

From: Chris Peterson

Hi Eileen -

My apologies for the confusion on our end. Your first response answered the question, it was a matter of how our system interpreted your response.

Many thanks, and best of luck on your new job!

- Chris

From: Eileen Roarke



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