Last month a high school librarian facing a challenged materials issue in her school contacted me and other librarians for advice on how to best handle the situation.
1. Mrs. C, classroom teacher who rarely visits the library (whose husband was just elected a judge in their county).
2. Dr. S, high school principal.
3. Mrs. L, high school librarian
4. Dr. R, Assistant School Superintendent
Seventeen Magazine subscription
Mrs. C decided that Seventeen magazine was inappropriate for high school students. Instead of addressing Mrs. L regarding her concerns, Mrs. C went straight to Dr. S to express her concerns. Dr. S, without consulting the school librarian, Mrs. L, took it upon himself to remove the magazines and order Mrs. L to not display any more issues of Seventeen magazine. While there is a board approved challenged materials protocol it was not followed by either Mrs. C or Dr. S.
Concerned about rocking the boat but equally concerned about further problems with Mrs. C, whose children will be students at the high school in the near future, Mrs. L reached out the library community for advice.
Current Progress Made:
(I am sharing the advice given for those librarians who may also be facing a similar situation.)
Ann Marie Pipkin
Sylacauga, AL 35151:
One of the best ways to thwart a challenge is to have a policy in place before there ever is a challenge. If you don't have a policy in place, make it a priority if you want to be proactive about the way the library operates on all fronts.
OIF will be interested in the case regardless of whether or not she is an
is a little ex post facto for this situation.
1-800-545-2433, ext. 4220 to get OIF involved.
and other periodicals, so he should have been aware the library held
Seventeen. I would be curious to know what both the principal (and the
teacher's) thinking were with regard to this decision. It does sound as if
he isn't really aware of what he has started.
LeeAnna Mills, NBCT
Northside Middle School:
If she is anticipating getting any press coverage, I would definitely call 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4220 to get OIF involved.
Northport, AL 35475
Molly Ann Bates
Scholars' Bowl Coach
Russellville Middle School
Russellville AL 35653
materials policy is board approved, then the principal and teacher are not
following board policy.
Is the principal fearing repercussions too?
UniServe director ASAP. If she's not a member, now is a good time and
reason for her to join.