Library Complaint and Censorship Records (Scituate High School Media Center)

Chris Peterson filed this request with the Scituate High School Media Center of Scituate, 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


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: Feeney, Kathy


I have been the Library Media Specialist at Scituate High School since September 1998. I have never received a formal or informal complaint either in writing, electronically or verbally, challenging any item from our collection (e.g., books, videos, periodicals, etc.). We do have a written plan in place "Challenged Materials Procedure for Reconsideration of Materials" but I'm relieved to say that we have never had to use this. We have an extensive collection of "Books Banned Through the Ages" and I have some great resources on the banning history of many books. Two years ago I wrote a comprehensive unit for the English department covering banned books, censorship, First Amendments rights, etc.

If there are any more questions I can answer, please ask.


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