Library Complaint and Censorship Records (Lunenburg High School Library)

Chris Peterson filed this request with the Lunenburg High School Library of Lunenburg, 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: Loxi Jo Calmes

Our high school librarian forwarded me your request for information.
Please be advised that none of our schools have any records because we had
not had a challenge in the last 3 years.

Sincerely,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Mass. Ave.

Lunenburg, MA 01462

978-582-4100 X 210 (Office Phone)

978-582-4103 (Fax)

This communication (including any attachments) is intended for the use of
the intended recipient(s) only and may contain information that is
confidential, privileged or legally protected. Any unauthorized use or
dissemination of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have
received this communication in error, please immediately notify the sender
by return e-mail message and delete all copies of the original
communication. Thank you for your cooperation.

From: Loxi Jo Calmes

Our high school librarian forwarded your request to me. Please be advised
that none of our schools had any records because we had not had a challenge
in the last 3 years.

Sincerely,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Mass. Ave.

Lunenburg, MA 01462

978-582-4100 X 210 (Office Phone)

978-582-4103 (Fax)

This communication (including any attachments) is intended for the use of
the intended recipient(s) only and may contain information that is
confidential, privileged or legally protected. Any unauthorized use or
dissemination of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have
received this communication in error, please immediately notify the sender
by return e-mail message and delete all copies of the original
communication. Thank you for your cooperation.

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