Library Complaint and Censorship Records (Hanscom Middle School Library)

Chris Peterson filed this request with the Hanscom Middle School Library of Lincoln, 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.

Best,

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

From: Nancy Rote

HI Laura,

Have you ever seen anything like this? Creepy. I received it fro both
schools.

I was glad not to have to venture out in the snow, but going until July
will make my study in Quebec impossible, and I thought I needed it to
extend our unit.

How did it go yesterday? Primary was OK for me, but grade 5 was a
nightmare. I am so glad you missed it!!

Be careful if you drive.

Nancy
Nancy Rote
Librarian K-8

Hanscom Middle School Hanscom Primary School
6 Ent Road 6 Ent Road
Hanscom A.F.B., MA 01731 Hanscom A.F.B., MA 01731
781-274-7320 X7464 781-274-7721 X6421

From: Chris Peterson

Ms. Rote,

I believe you sent this response to us by mistake. Please be in touch if you have any questions about the project. For our filing purposes it would be very helpful if you would reply separately to the email sent to each school.

Thank you for your help.

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 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: 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 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: 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 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: 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 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: 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 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: 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 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: 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 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: Hanscom Middle School

Dear Sir,

I have not had any requests from parents, teachers, or administrators to
remove or reclassify material from either the Hanscom Primary School
Library or from the Hanscom Middle School Library. We have downsized and
weeded some materials according to age, accuracy, and curriculum needs and
have a standard professional procedure we use for such decisions, but have
not had anything that I would call censorship or forced removal in my 12
years as Head Librarian at these two schools.

Sincerely,

Nancy Rote

Nancy Rote
Librarian K-8

Hanscom Middle School Hanscom Primary School
6 Ent Road 6 Ent Road
Hanscom A.F.B., MA 01731 Hanscom A.F.B., MA 01731
781-274-7320 X7464 781-274-7721 X6421

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