GLEASON PUBLIC LIBRARY

22 Bedford Road
Carlisle, MA 01741

phone: 978-369-4898
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ABOUT THE LIBRARY

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY

Mission Statement:
The Gleason Public Library is a small public library serving a suburban community with rural overtones northwest of Boston. The mission of the Gleason Public Library is to be a dynamic community nucleus. The library fosters personal and civic connections, embraces learning and the pursuit of knowledge, provides professional services and a bountiful collection of research materials, recreational materials and media, and technology. The GPL promotes discovery, equality, loyalty, civility, literacy, positive interactions, and trust through all times.

Purpose of the Collection Development Policy:
This document provides the staff and public with an understanding of the purpose and nature of the Library's collection. It explains the criteria staff use for making decisions to add or withdraw items in the collection.

Responsibility:
The Board of Library Trustees has the ultimate legal responsibility for the Library's collection. Collection development and management activities are administered by the Library Director and implemented by staff.

Principles:
We are dedicated to the free and open distribution of ideas. The Library is primarily a government-funded agency. The First Amendment of the Constitution insures that ideas, even ideas that some find offensive, cannot be restricted by the government. Furthermore, it is the responsibility of the Library to provide a wide-range of ideas, opinions and information necessary for the functioning of a democratic society.

We are dedicated to free and open use for all. No restriction is placed on the use of the Library's collection based on age, race, sex, nationality, educational background, physical limitations, or any other criteria that may be the source of discrimination.

We are dedicated to protecting individuals’ rights to decide for themselves and for their own children what library materials to use. Materials will not be added or removed from the collection, based upon protecting users from the contents of the materials. We strongly encourage all parents who wish to restrict their own children’s use of the Library to establish guidelines for their own children's use of library materials.

The inclusion of any item in the Library's collection does not constitute an endorsement by the Library or the Town of the item's contents. The Board of Library Trustees upholds the principles of intellectual freedom as stated in the American Library Association's "Library Bill of Rights" and the Freedom to Read Statement. (See appendices.)

Community Analysis and User Groups:
The Town of Carlisle has an affluent, highly educated, healthy, active, and aging population that embraces its small town atmosphere. The Town of Carlisle is 15.4 square miles, with over 20% conservation, protected land. A smaller "ville" nestled in a neighborhood of larger suburban communities, it boasts the rural country feel while remaining in close contact with the bustling Boston area 25 miles southwest. There is little commercial presence in Carlisle, strong community pride, built in privacy provided by large properties, town and state lands, and open space. The demographics of the community are changing, with the school populations flattening and the over 60 population group growing as more residents choose to stay in Carlisle.

In the 2008 town survey the demographic conclusions were "Carlisle is an aging affluent town in which over 90% of adults are married or in a relationship. Over 60% of survey respondents have lived in Carlisle for more than 10 years. The median income is $155,000. Over 95% of survey respondents reported that their quality of life is good or excellent. The rural nature of the town (94%) and the network of friends and acquaintances (78%)were strong positive contributing factors to the quality of life, while the cost of living here was a major negative factor (67%). " Census conducted in 2010 will further illustrate demographics.

The Office of the Town Clerk's Town Census records as of January 31, 2010 numbers the total town residents at 5557. The largest age group is 1165 people ages 5-17, followed by 1150 people 45-54, and 527 people 60-64 years of age.

The Carlisle public school is a K-8 school; high school students attend Concord-Carlisle High School. Many K-8 students use the library for assignments and reports. Other users include professionals, consultants, the unemployed, retired people, parents and their children.

Library Programs and Services:
The Gleason Public Library offers a variety of programs and services that increase the need for certain types of materials.

Free literature on topics of educational, cultural, social and recreational concern selected for its information value to the community is distributed at various locations in the library. A bulletin board offers notices meeting these criteria as well.

Internet access for the public is provided through COMCAST and the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium. Access is available through public terminals or using wireless with computers or devices brought in by the public.

Business and law information is provided through a variety of sources including print, database and Internet. Other topics covered in the collection include investment information, automotive manuals, construction specifications, literary and historical information, and accounting and management information.

The Library maintains close links with the Carlisle public school in order to provide support services for their educational programs, but serves only as a supplementary resource.

The Children's Department offers a variety of programming. Multi- week sessions of story hours are offered three times per year for children aged infant through six. Drop-in story hours are open to all on a drop-in basis once a month. Special programs for children are offered throughout the year, including sing-alongs and performances. Summer Reading programs are featured during the summer months.

The Library also provides programming for adults on regular basis. Programs have included lectures, musical presentations and authors' talks.

The local history collection is a unique and valuable source of local history available for both residents and non-residents of Carlisle who are interested in the town, its people, and heritage. The small collection focuses on information about the town of Carlisle, with a valuable set of notebooks containing information about Town houses and genealogies. Reference staff will assist patrons to use the collection in the Hollis Room on the third floor of the Library.

The Library makes available its meeting rooms to groups and organizations, so long as such use does not interfere with regular library services or programs. (See Hollis Room policy for guidelines.)

The Friends of the Gleason Public Library and other donors provide the library with museum passes which allow library users free or discounted museum admission. Carlisle residents may reserve passes in advance and patrons of other neighboring libraries may reserve and checkout the passes if they are still available the day before. The Friends also support a variety of programs for children and adults.

Overview of the Collection:

As of July 2010:

Number of items68,575
Number of holds picked up15,764
Number of items shared to other libraries22,759
Number of Carlisle patrons4,091
Circulation126,698
Circulation of digital items1947

The Library subscribes to 120 periodical titles. The collection is an evolving one and as new media types become readily available the Library may choose to collect in other formats as well.

The Adult collection consists of Fiction, Nonfiction, Large Print, Biography, Reference, Periodicals, Videos and DVDS, Compact Discs, Books on Tape and CD (playaways), CD-ROMS, downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, and Online Databases.

The Children's collection consists of Juvenile Fiction, Juvenile Nonfiction, Easy Readers, Picture Books, Paperbacks, Board Books, Reference, Young Adult Materials, Videos, Audio Cassettes, Books on Tape and CD and Playaways, Compact Discs, Computer CD-ROMs, and kits of mixed media.

The JH (junior high and high school) collection consists of Fiction, Graphic Novels, Biographies, Nonfiction, Playaways, and Books on Tape and CD.

The primary format of materials is print, but is not limited to print. Most materials are at a Basic Information Level suitable for informational or recreational use.

Cooperative Collection Development:

To supplement its collection, the Gleason Public Library makes use of materials borrowed from other libraries through cooperative agreements for Interlibrary Loan (ILL). The Gleason Public Library belongs to the Massachusetts Library System (MLS) and is a member of the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC).

MVLC is a multi-type automated library consortium that facilitates efficient resource sharing and rapid access to information for users of its member libraries through the provision of high quality computer and support services. MVLC now has 36 members. The database contains over three million items.

Through MVLC, member libraries can call upon the resources of other members for materials not owned locally. A daily delivery service, provided by MLS and funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, delivers the ILL materials to libraries that are members of the Region. MLS also provides links to other library consortia and networks to obtain materials not found in the MVLC database. Materials from other Massachusetts library systems can be requested by staff and patrons through the statewide Commonwealth Catalog, and interlibrary loan from other OCLC libraries nationwide is mediated through a regional ILL center. In FY2010, 15,764 items were borrowed by the Gleason Public Library patrons through ILL, and 22,759 were lent to other libraries by the Gleason Public Library through the same process.

Interlibrary Loan, however, is not a substitute for the development of adequate collections based on the needs of a member library's service area and patrons. Requests for titles are evaluated for potential use and cost- effectiveness, and may be added to the collection despite the existence of copies in other MVLC libraries. In addition, when areas in the collection are inadequate to meet regular patron demand, purchases are made to correct the situation rather than relying on Interlibrary Loan.

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners provides online databases statewide, including current periodicals and topics of general interest. Other electronic subscriptions are purchased by the Massachusetts Library System and with other MVLC libraries, providing efficiencies in costs while meeting patron demands. The Gleason Public Library provides additional electronic materials to meet local patron needs.

The Gleason Public Library cannot expect to fill every patron request from its own shelves. Libraries are being used more than ever before, and more is being printed and produced in other formats. The purpose of cooperative collection development is to assist the Library in meeting patron demands for materials that lie outside the scope of the Library's collection.

Chronological and Retrospective Coverage:

The Library collects only current materials in the areas of Health, Medicine, Science, Travel Guides, Technology, Law, Business, Computer Science, Language, and Sports. The only exception to these would be historical works on these subjects. "Current" is defined as information that is pertinent and timely, or materials that have significance "today."

The Fiction, Philosophy, History, Audiovisual, Cookery, Religion, Sociology, Literature, Art and Architecture, Games, Gardening and Biography collections offer broader chronological coverage. The Library collects classic materials in these areas as well as current materials.

The Gleason Public Library collects a variety of periodicals. Selection of these periodicals is based primarily on public demand and use. The Library retains 1-3 years of current periodicals. Exceptions to this are local newspapers, which are kept indefinitely. Many periodicals purchased by the Library, and others that are not, are available via online databases at the Library or through the Internet.

The local history collection is primarily research and historical in nature. Local history and genealogical materials relating to Carlisle are particularly sought for this collection whether they are current or retrospective. Histories, local newspapers, vital records, town reports, yearbooks, photographs, and books about the area are all collected for the historical room. The local newspaper is collected on microfilm for permanent preservation and research. The Library works in partnership with the Carlisle Historical Society to make materials accessible; the society collects and preserves appropriate artifacts. (See Carlisle History Collection policy.)

Format:

The Gleason Public Library collects a variety of formats including but not limited to books, microfilm, microfiche, periodicals, CD-ROMS, audiocassettes, videocassettes, DVDS, compact disks, loose-leaf financial services and electronic databases. The library also provides access to a number of online databases. As demand for new technologies or formats increase the library may begin collecting other formats.

As the cost of books continues to rise, paperback materials become a cost effective alternative to hardcover books. Trade paperbacks and some mass-market paperbacks are purchased to meet heavy demand for hardcover materials, or as duplicates for titles on school reading lists. Titles only available in paperback may be purchased to meet a specific need. Because paperbacks are inexpensive, and because they are easily damaged, they are weeded regularly. Paperback materials are fully processed and cataloged to make them available for searching in the database.

The library will purchase limited textbooks based on the recommendations of the school librarians; particularly in subjects where materials in another form are not conveniently available.

Collection decisions are based first on the needs of the community, and then attention is focused on the content required to meet the need. Only after the content need has been determined should the actual package or format be considered. The best format to fit the nature of the content and uses to which it will be put determines the format of the information that is purchased. To help determine the need the Librarian will ask questions such as: Does the user just want a piece or part of the content? Does the user need to spend considerable time with the content?

It is the Library's responsibility to weave many considerations when purchasing an item. These areas include the content, the potential use, the need, the purpose, the medium, and the format of the content to best meet the users need. Other considerations in selecting a format include cost and available space for storage and display. New formats purchased by the Gleason Public Library are based on these user needs. Therefore digital (including online databases and downloadable resources) or print materials may be determined as the best format to provide certain information to Library users.

Funding:

Materials purchased for the collection of the Gleason Public Library are paid for with funds provided through the annual operating budget from the Town and with state funds received via the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. State funds are received contingent upon qualifying for the Library Incentive Grant, the Municipal Equalization Grant and the Nonresident Lending Offset program. In order to receive these funds, the Gleason Public Library must meet minimum standards set by the Commonwealth for public libraries.

Monetary donations made to the Library for the purchase of materials are placed in a Gift Fund, the Friends of the Gleason Public Library, or the Library Endowment fund. All gifts made to the Gleason Public Library are expended in a manner consistent with the Collection Development policy. The Library makes every effort to purchase items in subject areas or formats specified by the donor. However, we cannot guarantee that particular titles will be purchased. All items will be subject to the same criteria as other areas of the collection including the perceived need and use to potential customers. The Library will identify materials purchased with donated funds by means of a bookplate that names the donor.

If library materials are lost or damaged, the person who borrowed the item pays the replacement cost to the Town.

Gifts:

All books and other items given as gifts will be received with the understanding that they are accepted subject to the approval of the Board of Library Trustees. The Gleason Public Library accepts gift books, and other items donated for the collection, with the understanding that the gift will be evaluated in accordance with the criteria by which purchased materials are judged. Donated materials are considered with the explicit understanding that such factors as duplication, lack of community interest, processing costs, or inadequate shelf space may prevent their addition to the collection or permanent retention on the shelves.

The Library will not agree to separate treatment for gift materials. Donated materials will not be placed on special shelves, or separated from other similar materials already in the library collection.

Gifts are accepted with the understanding that the Library, if it cannot use them, may at any time discard or sell them in any way it deems appropriate. Materials not of use in the library collection are frequently given to non-profits with a literacy objective and to the Friends of the Library for their book sale. The Library does not appraise donated books or other gifts.

(See Donations & Gifts policy.)

Selection Process:

Materials are selected after members of the Gleason Public Library staff consult a variety of print and online media reviews. Responsibility for the Children's collection lies with the Children's Librarian, responsibility for the JH collection lies with the Teen Librarian, and responsibility for the Adult collection lies with the Director, with staff input. Additional staff may work on the weeding, ordering, and collection management of the library collections.

When selecting non-fiction materials for the collection, considerations include the author's competency, overall excellence of the material (artistic, literary, etc.), superiority in treatment of controversial issues, ability to stimulate further intellectual and social development, appropriateness to the level of user, and potential usefulness to the Library's collection. The same criteria are used for all other media with the additional requirement of clarity of sound and performance.

First, the Library staff attempts to meet patrons' demands. Second, material is purchased that is both pertinent and timely. The Mission Statement of the Library, Library programs and services and community needs are all factors in selecting materials for the collection.

Because of limited resources and because the Library has access to other libraries' collections through Interlibrary Loan, the relevance of material to our collection is especially considered. Material that receives positive reviews might not be purchased if it duplicates material already owned.

The Library attempts to purchase a wide variety of fiction titles to satisfy the needs of all our borrowers. The library staff chooses titles based on reviews that consider, among other things, the appeal of a book for a specific audience, the artistic skill evident in its rendering, and the literary reputation of the author.

The following bibliographies and review media are consulted in the selection of materials, but selection is not limited to these sources:

  • Booklist
  • Hornbook
  • Library Journal
  • New York Times Book Review
  • School Library Journal

The Library purchases audio-visual materials as part of its collection development. Selection of audio-visual materials will be based on the same criteria used throughout the selection process.

The Library welcomes requests for purchase of materials for the library, and requests will be subject to the same criteria for selection as other considered materials.

Selection of materials for the Library collection is an ongoing process which includes the removal of materials no longer appropriate and the replacement of lost and worn materials that are still of value for informational or recreational needs.

The Library makes available a Statement of Concern form for people who have a concern about material in the library collection or exhibited materials/displays. The form is filled out and returned to the Director of the Library. The Library Director will evaluate the original reasons for the purchase of the material and/or application for display. If the person chooses, the Library Director will then respond to the person voicing the concern. If there are any remaining concerns, they may be brought to the attention of the Board of Library Trustees.

Weeding:

The term weeding is used to describe the activity of seeking out items that are no longer useful or appropriate for the collection. These items are then discarded and may or may not be replaced.

Weeding the library collection is as much a routine as the acquisition of new books. The purpose of discarding materials from the collection is to maintain an accurate and up to date collection for library patrons. Materials which are inaccurate, outdated, unused, or in poor condition detract from the usefulness and aesthetic appeal of the collection. These materials take up shelf space that could be occupied by needed and requested materials.

Weeding the collection is an ongoing process and is the responsibility of the librarians. The goal of the Gleason Public Library is that each section of the collection is to be weeded on an annual basis to keep the collection accurate. Special attention is paid to Medical, Computer Science and Technology, and travel materials, as they become dated rapidly.

Materials are discarded from the collection using the CREW guidelines for weeding. The acronym CREW stands for Continuous Review, Evaluation, and Weeding. Items that are weeded from the collection include ones that are: misleading or factually inaccurate; damaged, soiled or worn; outdated or superseded by a new edition or newer title on the same subject; trivial or have no discernible literary or scientific merit; irrelevant to the needs and interests of the community or contain information that may be obtained more easily elsewhere. Materials that have not circulated in a chosen time period, duplicate titles no longer needed, or damaged materials are also considered for discarding.

Annually, the Trustees of the Gleason Public Library approve the regular deaccessioning of items from the library collection, following these weeding guidelines. Items in damaged or outdated condition will be thrown away. Items in good condition may be sold by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library or donated to charitable agencies.

Preservation:

The Gleason Public Library is committed to providing appropriate physical and environmental care to the materials in its current collection. Appropriate temperature and protection from the elements, as well as shelving, dusting, and storage of books will help protect the collection from deterioration.

Appendixes:

The Library Bill of Rights

The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.

I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.

II. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.

IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.

V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.

VI. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.

Adopted June 18, 1948.
Amended February 2, 1961, and January 23, 1980,
inclusion of “age” reaffirmed January 23, 1996,
by the ALA Council.

The Freedom to Read

The freedom to read is essential to our democracy. It is continuously under attack. Private groups and public authorities in various parts of the country are working to remove or limit access to reading materials, to censor content in schools, to label “controversial” views, to distribute lists of “objectionable” books or authors, and to purge libraries. These actions apparently rise from a view that our national tradition of free expression is no longer valid; that censorship and suppression are needed to avoid the subversion of politics and the corruption of morals. We, as citizens devoted to reading and as librarians and publishers responsible for disseminating ideas, wish to assert the public interest in the preservation of the freedom to read.

Most attempts at suppression rest on a denial of the fundamental premise of democracy: that the ordinary citizen, by exercising critical judgment, will accept the good and reject the bad. The censors, public and private, assume that they should determine what is good and what is bad for their fellow citizens.

We trust Americans to recognize propaganda and misinformation, and to make their own decisions about what they read and believe. We do not believe they need the help of censors to assist them in this task. We do not believe they are prepared to sacrifice their heritage of a free press in order to be “protected” against what others think may be bad for them. We believe they still favor free enterprise in ideas and expression.

These efforts at suppression are related to a larger pattern of pressures being brought against education, the press, art and images, films, broadcast media, and the Internet. The problem is not only one of actual censorship. The shadow of fear cast by these pressures leads, we suspect, to an even larger voluntary curtailment of expression by those who seek to avoid controversy.

Such pressure toward conformity is perhaps natural to a time of accelerated change. And yet suppression is never more dangerous than in such a time of social tension. Freedom has given the United States the elasticity to endure strain. Freedom keeps open the path of novel and creative solutions, and enables change to come by choice. Every silencing of a heresy, every enforcement of an orthodoxy, diminishes the toughness and resilience of our society and leaves it the less able to deal with controversy and difference.

Now as always in our history, reading is among our greatest freedoms. The freedom to read and write is almost the only means for making generally available ideas or manners of expression that can initially command only a small audience. The written word is the natural medium for the new idea and the untried voice from which come the original contributions to social growth. It is essential to the extended discussion that serious thought requires, and to the accumulation of knowledge and ideas into organized collections.

We believe that free communication is essential to the preservation of a free society and a creative culture. We believe that these pressures toward conformity present the danger of limiting the range and variety of inquiry and expression on which our democracy and our culture depend. We believe that every American community must jealously guard the freedom to publish and to circulate, in order to preserve its own freedom to read. We believe that publishers and librarians have a profound responsibility to give validity to that freedom to read by making it possible for the readers to choose freely from a variety of offerings. The freedom to read is guaranteed by the Constitution. Those with faith in free people will stand firm on these constitutional guarantees of essential rights and will exercise the responsibilities that accompany these rights.

We therefore affirm these propositions:

  1. It is in the public interest for publishers and librarians to make available the widest diversity of views and expressions, including those that are unorthodox or unpopular with the majority.

    Creative thought is by definition new, and what is new is different. The bearer of every new thought is a rebel until that idea is refined and tested. Totalitarian systems attempt to maintain themselves in power by the ruthless suppression of any concept that challenges the established orthodoxy. The power of a democratic system to adapt to change is vastly strengthened by the freedom of its citizens to choose widely from among conflicting opinions offered freely to them. To stifle every nonconformist idea at birth would mark the end of the democratic process. Furthermore, only through the constant activity of weighing and selecting can the democratic mind attain the strength demanded by times like these. We need to know not only what we believe but why we believe it.

  2. Publishers, librarians, and booksellers do not need to endorse every idea or presentation they make available. It would conflict with the public interest for them to establish their own political, moral, or aesthetic views as a standard for determining what should be published or circulated.

    Publishers and librarians serve the educational process by helping to make available knowledge and ideas required for the growth of the mind and the increase of learning. They do not foster education by imposing as mentors the patterns of their own thought. The people should have the freedom to read and consider a broader range of ideas than those that may be held by any single librarian or publisher or government or church. It is wrong that what one can read should be confined to what another thinks proper.

  3. It is contrary to the public interest for publishers or librarians to bar access to writings on the basis of the personal history or political affiliations of the author.

    No art or literature can flourish if it is to be measured by the political views or private lives of its creators. No society of free people can flourish that draws up lists of writers to whom it will not listen, whatever they may have to say.

  4. There is no place in our society for efforts to coerce the taste of others, to confine adults to the reading matter deemed suitable for adolescents, or to inhibit the efforts of writers to achieve artistic expression.

    To some, much of modern expression is shocking. But is not much of life itself shocking? We cut off literature at the source if we prevent writers from dealing with the stuff of life. Parents and teachers have a responsibility to prepare the young to meet the diversity of experiences in life to which they will be exposed, as they have a responsibility to help them learn to think critically for themselves. These are affirmative responsibilities, not to be discharged simply by preventing them from reading works for which they are not yet prepared. In these matters values differ, and values cannot be legislated; nor can machinery be devised that will suit the demands of one group without limiting the freedom of others.

  5. It is not in the public interest to force a reader to accept with any expression the prejudgment of a label characterizing it or its author as subversive or dangerous.

    The ideal of labeling presupposes the existence of individuals or groups with wisdom to determine by authority what is good or bad for the citizen. It presupposes that individuals must be directed in making up their minds about the ideas they examine. But Americans do not need others to do their thinking for them.

  6. It is the responsibility of publishers and librarians, as guardians of the people’s freedom to read, to contest encroachments upon that freedom by individuals or groups seeking to impose their own standards or tastes upon the community at large.

    It is inevitable in the give and take of the democratic process that the political, the moral, or the aesthetic concepts of an individual or group will occasionally collide with those of another individual or group. In a free society individuals are free to determine for themselves what they wish to read, and each group is free to determine what it will recommend to its freely associated members. But no group has the right to take the law into its own hands, and to impose its own concept of politics or morality upon other members of a democratic society. Freedom is no freedom if it is accorded only to the accepted and the inoffensive.

  7. It is the responsibility of publishers and librarians to give full meaning to the freedom to read by providing books that enrich the quality and diversity of thought and expression. By the exercise of this affirmative responsibility, they can demonstrate that the answer to a “bad” book is a good one, the answer to a “bad” idea is a good one.

    The freedom to read is of little consequence when the reader cannot obtain matter fit for that reader’s purpose. What is needed is not only the absence of restraint, but the positive provision of opportunity for the people to read the best that has been thought and said. Books are the major channel by which the intellectual inheritance is handed down, and the principal means of its testing and growth. The defense of the freedom to read requires of all publishers and librarians the utmost of their faculties, and deserves of all citizens the fullest of their support.

We state these propositions neither lightly nor as easy generalizations. We here stake out a lofty claim for the value of the written word. We do so because we believe that it is possessed of enormous variety and usefulness, worthy of cherishing and keeping free. We realize that the application of these propositions may mean the dissemination of ideas and manners of expression that are repugnant to many persons. We do not state these propositions in the comfortable belief that what people read is unimportant. We believe rather that what people read is deeply important; that ideas can be dangerous; but that the suppression of ideas is fatal to a democratic society. Freedom itself is a dangerous way of life, but it is ours.

This statement was originally issued in May of 1953 by the Westchester Conference of the American Library Association and the American Book Publishers Council, which in 1970 consolidated with the American Educational Publishers Institute to become the Association of American Publishers.

Adopted June 25, 1953; revised January 28, 1972, January 16, 1991, July 12, 2000, by the ALA Council and the AAP Freedom to Read Committee .

Approved 5/04/06, amended 4/20/11

STATEMENT OF CONCERN FORM

Statement of Concern form (pdf) - For use by those concerned about material in the Library collection.

Bookshelves