The following is excerpted from
the Haysville Community Library’s Policy Manual. The Policy Manual is
available in full at the Library.
PRECEPTS OF FREEDOM
The Haysville Community Library
adheres to and wholly supports the Library Bill of Rights and The
Freedom to Read statements, both of which are considered as part of the
Library’s selection policy.
The Board of Trustees has also
adopted the American Library Association statements on: Statement on
Labeling, Diversity in Collection Development, Challenged Materials,
Expurgation of Library Materials, and Free Access to Libraries for Minors.
PROCESS FOR RECONSIDERATION OF LIBRARY MATERIALS
- All challenges
of materials are to be handled by the Director. An appointment may be set up for the complainant either to
meet with the Director in person or by phone.
the meeting is person to person, a private area should be chosen. The Director and another Staff person
or Board member will hear the complainant.
Director will explain the general criteria of the Library’s selection
policy to the complainant. It
should be made clear that the Library Board of Trustees subscribes to the
Freedom Statements in this policy.
the complainant wants to continue the procedure for reconsideration of
materials after talking with the Director, the complainant will be
requested to complete the form “Reconsideration of Library Materials.” The complainant must be properly
identified and the complaint form must be filled out in its entirety.
the Director receives the complete form, the Director shall appoint a
committee consisting of the Director or a Staff person of the Director’s
choice, two Board members, someone from the community who is a Library
user and a person appointed by the complainant.
the complainant is not satisfied with the committee decision, she/he may
appeal to the Board of Trustees within three weeks of the committee
the decision is appealed to the Board, the material in question and all
supporting information concerning the decision to purchase this material
should be forwarded to the board for reconsideration. The Board’s decision is final.