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ERIC Number: EJ784649
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0889-9371
The Challenges of Challenges: Understanding and Being Prepared--Part I
Dickinson, Gail
School Library Media Activities Monthly, v23 n5 p26-28 Jan 2007
When a challenge gets difficult, it's hard to believe that people challenge instructional materials because they care. It's even harder to remember that educators want the general public, legislators, taxpayers, and parents to care about education. Library media specialists and administrators have the same lens of stress that all adults have, along with the additional stresses of jobs in the education arena. It may help school personnel to continually strive to understand the concern of the challenger, but the challenge still creates a great deal of stress. Tempers flare, and regardless of the responsible efforts to manage budget, the choices made for well-selected collections, headlines trumpet with accusations that claim smut has been deliberately placed in the hands of children. Library media specialists are the information resource experts in the school. They are the only ones trained to use the selection principles and criteria. Each library media specialist's role in the challenged materials process is to act as informed counsel for the district in the matter of selection, to gather data about the resource, and most importantly, to defend the use of established policy and procedures.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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