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Boston Public Library Curatorial Censorship
21 Jan 2001
Our Regional and Massachusetts Library of Last Recourse
City of Boston Public Library Departments Curators have
censored legitimately public municipal public library
collection development reports with punishing fees to
deflect public scrutiny
http://GuideToProblematicalLibraryUse.weblogs.com
LIBRARY CENSORSHIP: HOW TO IDENTIFY IT IN YOUR COMMUNITY by Michael Ravnitzky mikerav (at) ix.netcom.com

You can identify attempts to ban library books, and assess the success rate of those attempts, by requesting under state data access laws:
the completed forms for reconsideration of library materials, along with the final determination associated with each form.

Almost all libraries maintain such forms as a way of administering complaints about items on their shelves. Usually, such complaints, or requests for reconsideration of library materials, are forwarded to a library staff review committee.

Requesting these forms for the past couple of years will give you a good sample look at the extent of book-banning and censorship efforts in your community, at least with respect to the local library.

One would think that the libraries would be happy to cooperate in such a laudible project by handing over what are usually considered public records - --
once the complainant name is redacted ---,
but in my experience they usually fight such requests for these records tooth and nail, every step of the way.

Has anyone else done a similar project?
See also:
http://GuideToProblematicalLibraryUse.weblogs.com
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