Library Complaint and Censorship Records (West Springfield Middle School Library)

Chris Peterson filed this request with the West Springfield Middle School Library of West Springfield, 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: LaFlamme, Susan

To Whom It May Concern,

The address you have for my school library is my home address, which makes
this email appear to be mass-mailed spam. I've been checking around with
other school libraries and will forward this to my superintendent's
office.The correct address for West Springfield Middle School Library is 31
Middle School Drive. zip code is 01089.

From: Chris Peterson

Hi Susan -

My apologies. We got your address from the MSLA directory.

Please tell whomever you forwarded the message to to respond to this address. If they do not, then in a week or two you will receive another automated follow up asking for a response. Or, you can email me their address, and we can set the follow up to go directly to them.


- Chris