TSCPL Board restricts access to 4 books

March 9, 2009

When your Board of Trustees  make national news about a controversial decision to restrict access to books, how do you handle it on your library website?  TSCPL has taken the remarkable (IMHO) step of making the entire reconsideration process transparent by featuring it on their website under the heading, “Expression of Concern”. Interested readers can view the original letter of concern, the staff response, as well as a letter from ACLU.  The website invites comments from the public which can be either private or public, or if they wish the public can send an email to theLibrary Board.

Last month the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library Board in a 5-3 vote decided to restrict access to 4 sex books.  A Library Journal article details the position of the Library Board, the Director, and the citizen who brought the original complaint.

Since this decision has been featured all over the news, everything from USA Today, CNN, the AP and even the Taipei Times, it’s probable that the library has been inundated with requests for details, and posting on their website may be at least partially a response to managing these requests.

If you’d like to know more about all of this, David Lee King’s post  about how this local news story went global makes for interesting reading.

posting by jim


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