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
Professional library organizations in your community and/or state
Professional connections with friends
ALA - Conferences & Publications
State Organizations - Conferences & Continuing Education
Professional Development offered by the Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read Foundation
Join the Freedom to Read Foundation for discounts on professional development
Build and maintain relationships with key administrators and board members
Build relationships with the media (before there is trouble)
Build relationships with political figures
Create library displays
When a Challenge Occurs
Review the library's and institution's policies that pertain to the specific challenge
Review and follow the library's reconsideration policy
Familiarize yourself with the material being challenged
Communicate with appropriate supervisors, key administrators, and boards
Seek support from professional colleagues and organizations
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