|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
Re: Freedom of Information Request: Library Complaint and Censorship
In response to your public records request to the school libraries within
the Newton Public Schools: 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
The librarians within the Newton Public Schools have nothing to report.
Newton Public Schools
Office of the Superintendent
100 Walnut Street
Newtonville, MA 02460
(617) 559-6100 - fax (617) 559-6101
Notice of Confidentiality: This transmission is intended for the
addressee(s) listed above and may contain information that is confidential
and private. If you are not the addressee(s), any use, disclosure,
copying or communication of the contents of this transmission is
prohibited. If this communication was received in error, contact me
immediately at 617-559-6100. Thank you for your cooperation.
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