Maintain a Materials Selection/Collection Development Policy
Explain what the library will collect.
What won't be collected?
Who will the collection serve?
How are items selected (review sources)
Include the Library Bill of Rights
Maintain a Material Reconsideration Policy
Handle all complaints the same
Make sure all staff members are familiar with the policy and the steps that need to occur when there is a challenge to library material
Formal complains should be submitted in writing
A Reconsideration Form Should Include
Basic information from the person (name and contact information)
What concerns you about this book?
What is the central theme of the book?
What is offensive?
What do you recommend in place of this book?
A statement explaining the material will not be removed from the library until the review process has been completed.
Seek Help from Organizations and Professional Librarians
When a Challenge Occurs
List Developed by Kathy Barco & Valerie Nye