ERIC Number: ED175483
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Suggestions for Dealing with Censorship of Media Center Materials in Schools: A Wisconsin Plan.
Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison. Div. of Library Services.
Procedures for developing selection standards for media center materials and for handling complaints that may arise are identified. To aid the librarian or school media specialist who needs assistance in censorship matters, a list of appropriate Wisconsin area agencies and associations is given, including their purposes, services, addresses, and phone numbers. It is recommended that each Wisconsin school district design an official board approved policy for the censorship of instructional materials which reflects the particular philosophy of the district; such a policy would contain a statement of objectives and responsibilities, a statement of selection procedures, and procedures for reconsideration of challenged materials. Guidelines for maintaining a public information program within the school, parent group, and community at large are offered as a means of reducing the necessity of defending selected materials. Should such defenses become necessary, recommendations for dealing with parental concerns about challenged selections are presented. Further suggestions can be obtained from the 14 library organizations, teacher federations, and civil liberties agencies listed. (FM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison. Div. of Library Services.