Library Complaint and Censorship Records (West Boylston Beaman Memorial Public Library)

Chris Peterson filed this request with the West Boylston Beaman Memorial Public Library of West Boylston, 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 State 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

From: Louise Howland

To whom it may concern,

We have had no challenges to materials of any type or to websites within the
timeframe stated.

Louise Howland
Beaman Memorial Public Library
8 Newton Street
West Boylston, MA 01583
508-835-3711 (voice) 508-835-4770 (fax)

The information contained in this electronic message is legally privileged
and confidential under applicable law, and is intended only for the use of
the individual or entity named above. If you are not the intended recipient,
you are hereby notified that any dissemination, copying or disclosure of
this communication is strictly prohibited.

If you have received this communication in error, please notify Louise N.
Howland, at 508.835.3711, and delete this communication immediately without
copying or distributing it.


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