Support for Dealing with Challenges
Most challenges to library materials and services come from well-meaning individuals, often parents, who find something offensive or objectionable in their local school library. Although such challenges can be difficult and stressful, library staff can rely on their library’s selection and review policies to respond to the complaint. In these cases, essential preparations the library has taken before the challenge will greatly increase the likelihood of retaining the materials or protecting library services.
Sometimes, however, challenges are more organized and demand a specific and strategic response. In these circumstances the library will benefit greatly from being prepared and should follow its review policy and procedures exactly. The links at left provide further information and resources to help you respond to challenges in your community as effectively as possible.
- Conducting a Challenge Hearing
- Strategies and Tips for Dealing with Challenges
- Sample Request for Reconsideration of Library Resources (PDF from 9th edition of Intellectual Freedom Manual)