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Actually I remember being told in one of my first classes at SJSU  
that if we weren't willing to stand up for intellectual freedom we  
needed to choose a different profession... easier to say than do  
perhaps but necessary just the same. And yes a selection policy is  
important if you're going to rattle the cage!

Cathy
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Cathy Rettberg, MLIS
Head Librarian, Menlo School, grades 6-12
Atherton, CA
crettberg@menloschool.org


On Feb 27, 2007, at 10:56 AM, Juliann Moskowitz wrote:

> I'm at the high school level so this "Lucky" issue doesn't effect  
> me but, I think you have to realize that some librarians who chose  
> not to include a particular title in their collection for fear of  
> controversy might also fear losing their job. Who is there to back  
> up the librarians who chose books that parents might object to?  
> Have you ever had to deal with an irate parent questioning your  
> judgement? I have. When I select a book that I think may be  
> controversial, I  make sure it has a lot of good reviews so that I  
> can defend my choice.
> When I had to deal with that irate parent I was lucky that I had a  
> strong material selection policy in place and a supportive  
> adminstrator to back me up when the parent diecided to go over my  
> head.
> I don't think we should be judging librarians that chose not to add  
> certain books to their collection. Are you willing to lose your job  
> over a book?
> ****************************
> Juliann T. Moskowitz
> Library Media Specialist
> Norwalk High School
> Norwalk, CT 06851
> juliann14@charter.net
>
> Reading is a means of thinking with another personís mind; it  
> forces you to stretch your own.--Charles Scribner, Jr.
>
> Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people  
> who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. -Mark Twain
>
> ---- Richie Partington <BudNotBuddy@AOL.COM> wrote:
>> All morning I have been mulling over what someone said in a recent  
>> post in regard to the discussion of THE HIGHER POWER OF LUCKY.   
>> The post said:
>>
>> "If we make an error in judgment on what to purchase, we better  
>> err on the side of caution."
>>
>> I've taken another look at the ALA's Freedom to Read Statement:
>>
>> http://www.ala.org/ala/oif/statementspols/ftrstatement/ 
>> freedomreadstatement.htm
>>
>> I've taken another look at the Library Bill of Rights:
>>
>> http://www.ala.org/ala/oif/statementspols/statementsif/ 
>> librarybillrights.htm
>>
>> And no matter how much I keep looking, I cannot seem to find the  
>> part where it tells me that I should be erring on the side of  
>> caution.
>>
>> Richie Partington
>> Student SJSU SLIS
>> Richie's Picks http://richiespicks.com
>> Moderator, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/middle_school_lit/
>> BudNotBuddy@aol.com
>> http://www.myspace.com/richiespicks
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