ERIC Number: EJ826945
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 0
The Question... What Should I Do if My Principal Orders Me to Remove an Unchallenged Book?
Knowledge Quest, v36 n2 p70-71 Nov-Dec 2007
Fear of a challenge is not one of the selection principles. It is not among the reasons librarians purchase resources, nor is it among the reasons they weed them. It's hard to get students excited about reading. Removing one that has proven value is counterproductive. Principals are paid to make decisions, and part of their decision-making process is to plan to avoid future problems. Given a problem, they will make a decision. In this article, the author contends that it is the responsibility of the librarian to ensure that the principal makes informed decisions based on adequate and accurate information. Given this situation, it may be best for the librarian to prepare a calm and rational e-mail detailing the reasons the book was purchased, the district's challenged materials policy, and the court cases that set a legal precedent for keeping the book accessible to students. If the principal insists, then the librarian as subordinate to the principal must comply. When that happens, then another decision must be made, which is whether or not to seek a position as a school librarian in another school.
Descriptors: Ethics, School Personnel, Librarians, Intellectual Freedom, Censorship, Principals, Freedom of Speech, Books
American Association of School Librarians. Available from: American Library Association. 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Tel: 1-800-545-2433; Web site: http://www.ala.org/aasl/kqweb
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Audience: Media Staff
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