|Submitted||March 19, 2013|
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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
Center for Civic Media
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
To: Chris Peterson, Research Asst, Center for Civic Media, MIT
Re: Freedom of Information Request: Library Complaint and Censorship
I am forwarding the following information from our Director of Technology in regard to filtered websites for the Suzanne T. Gardner Library at Cyrus Peirce Middle and Nantucket High Schools, Nantucket MA.
In regard to your request under the Massachusetts Public Records Law (M.G. L Chapter 66, Section 10) for copies of written or electronic complaints and challenges for removal, reclassification or other reconsideration of publications including books, magazines, movies or other media from Jan 1, 2010 to present, we have none on record.
I began in my present position as librarian in Fall 2011, and there have been no challenges to materials in our collections since then. I also inquired of other library staff about the time prior to that (since Jan 1, 2010), and was informed there were no challenges during that period either.
Please feel free to reply should you have further questions. Also, I am interested in the results of your survey, so please let me know if you will be posting them online, or can provide written results.
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