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Reconsideration of Materials


Carson Public Library seeks to reflect differing viewpoints within its collection. The library does not endorse any particular beliefs or views. Carsonville Public Library's selection of an item does not express or imply endorsements of the viewpoint of the author. Carsonville Public Library will not mark or identify an item to show approval or disapproval of its contents. Items in the collection will not be sequestered except for the purpose of protecting them from theft or damage.
Carsonville Public Library welcomes comments from the public. These comments help the staff of Carsonville Public Library determine if the needs of its patrons are being met. Although the opinions of the public are welcome, Carsonville Public Library will be the only one making decisions about what is added to or removed from the collection.
Patrons who request reconsideration of materials will be asked to put their requests in writing by completing and signing a form entitled "Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials." Upon receipt of the form, the Director of Carsonville Public Library will ask the Director of Technical Services to provide information about the criteria used to select the material, its place in the collection and the reasons for having the material in the collection. The Library Director will study the information that was provided and they will respond in writing to the person who initiated the request. The Library Director will keep the Library Board of Trustees informed about all reconsideration requests and the decisions made about these requests. If the person who initiated the request is not satisfied with the decision of the Library Director, they may request a hearing with the Library Board of Trustees. The person who initiated the request will be notified of the time and place of the hearing. After hearing from the person making the reconsideration request, the Board will determine whether the request for reconsideration has been handled in accordance with stated policies and procedures of the Carsonville Public Library by reviewing the background information provided by the Library staff, the position of the patron and the decision of the Director. Based on this information the Library Board of Trustees may vote to uphold or override the Library Director's decision.