The choice of library resources by a library user is an individual matter. While a person may reject resources for oneself, he or she may not restrict access to those resources by other library users.
The Library recognizes that certain resources are controversial and that any given item may offend some library user. The procedures enumerated below have been developed to assure that the requests of those who disagree with the inclusion of specific items in the collection are handled in an attentive and consistent manner.
A library user who requests the reconsideration of a library resource will be referred immediately to the department director. This staff member will discuss the Resource Selection Policy and the application of selection principles.
If a library user insists that an item be withdrawn from the collection, the library’s procedure for reconsideration will be carefully explained and followed. A separate Request for Reconsideration of a Library Resource form must be filled out for each item.
The procedure for the reconsideration of a library resource consists of the following:
- The library user must complete the Request for Reconsideration of a Library Resource Form which will be submitted to the appropriate department director.
- The Request will be reviewed using the general criteria of the Resource Selection Policy and reviews from recognized evaluative sources to determine whether retention of the item would be in violation of the Resource Selection Policy.
- The library director will respond in writing to the library user regarding the recommendation of professional librarian staff.
An appeal of this recommendation may be made to the Library Board of Trustees. Such appeal must not exceed two pages and must include copies of both the original Request for Reconsideration of a Library Resource form and the library director’s written response. The Library Board will review the staff decision based on whether or not the particular item conforms to the General Criteria outlined in the Resource Selection Policy. The Board of Trustees will then make the final determination of the matter, notifying the library user in writing of this action, in a timely manner.
The decision on reconsideration of a specific item will remain in effect for three years.
During the review process the Library will take appropriate action to insure that the item will continue to be available.
Approved by the Schaumburg Township District Library Board of Trustees on Sept. 21, 2009.