Read Jennifer LaGarde's blog post:
This article from EdWeek gives background on how the courts have ruled in the past:
Yanking Books from School Libraries: What the Supreme Court has Said and Why it's Murky
This webinar by attorney, Stephanie "Cole" Adams was held on December 2, 2021 and addresses the tactics that libraries (of all types) can take when facing book challenges and collection-based protests.
Ask The Lawyer Topic: Book Challenges and Records Retention - 02/11/2022
Read this Ask the Lawyer question and response on the Western New York Library Resources Council site.
When reviewing your reconsideration procedures, we recommend you follow ALA guidelines and refer to their examples.
If a complaint is made, follow these steps:
If a written reconsideration form is submitted, follow these steps:
Book Challenges Coming Soon to a School Near You?
by Steve Tetreault
Knowledge Quest, November 3, 2021
Letter to Share with Families
From Kate Messner's Blog
November 20, 2021
Shared Foundation IV. Curate
B. Create: The school library promotes selection of appropriate resources and tools for information use by:
4. Implementing an administratively approved and endorsed policy that clearly addresses procedures for handling material challenges.
Occasionally you may find that someone objects to a resource or item in your collection, despite the efforts you take in the selection process. You may feel as though someone is challenging your hard work and professionalism. Before something like this occurs, you should have a board-approved policy in place, and well-known procedures that should be adhered to by everyone involved. On top of this, these policies and procedures should be reviewed periodically to ensure that everyone involved in the procedure is aware of them, and that they are still timely.
We've compiled some resources to help you work through this process. All schools and districts are different and what works for one may not work for your school. However, there are some standard elements that should be addressed or considered when adopting your procedures. Keep in mind, when preparing your guidelines, the curriculum, age level of your students, and the culture of your community.