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Library Policies and Procedures: Reconsideration of Library Materials

Contents of the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College Library Polices and Procedures Manual, published December 2017, revised August 2019

Reconsideration of Library Materials

The library collection and programming has been developed to provide students, faculty, staff, and community patrons with the information, events, and materials critical to effective scholarship, inquiry, and lifelong learning. The ECTC library fully supports and affirms the principals set forth by the American Library Association's Freedom to Read Statement, Library Bill of Rights, Intellectual Freedom Statement, Freedom to View Statement, and the Statement of Labeling.

Any individual or group questioning the appropriateness of materials in the collection or library programming should direct the questions to the Director of Library Services. Resources included in a Request for Reconsideration will not be automatically removed from the collection. These resources will be evaluated based on the documented objections. Library collections should reflect different philosophies and points of view. Appearance of a resource does not mean that the ECTC Library advocates or endorses the ideas or statements found in that resource.

Academic Freedom is protected by the KCTCS Board of Regents Policy 2.9.1.2.

In the event that the appropriateness of an item in the collection or a library program is challenged, the following procedures will be followed:

1. Requester fills out the Request for Reconsideration of Library Material form and submits to a library staff member or via email to the Director of Library Services.

2. Requests for Reconsideration are given to the Director of Library Services who informs the Chief Academic Officer/Provost of the reconsideration. The form is copied and kept on file in the director’s office.

3. The director will locate reviews of the title, identify other institutions who own the title, and/or identify and locate similar programs offered at other libraries.

4. The Chief Academic Officer of the college appoints a review committee composed of the Director of Library Services, a faculty member from each division, and a staff member.

5. The committee will review the Request for Reconsideration and will determine if the material or program meets the criteria for selection.

6. The committee will submit a written report to the Chief Academic Officer and the requester will be informed in writing of the committee’s decision.

6. Appeals of the decision will follow regular institutional channels, going to the Chief Academic Officer, and finally to the President of the College. Challenged material will be kept in circulation during the reconsideration process.