The 2022-23 charge for the AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee on School and Public Library Cooperation is to provide strategies for how youth services libraries can work together in the face of the current climate of book challenges, concrete examples of how school and public libraries can support each other as we stand up for the need for EDI materials and environments, and useful products to include resources and talking points.
Our committee is working to curate information to provide a toolkit of resources for youth services librarians in all settings. Since reconsideration challenges are often conducted according to state-specific laws and regulations and determinations from these should be for adherence to selection policies, we’d like to crowdsource the details of both types of policies. Strong selection and reconsideration policies aligned between school and public settings should present a united, transparent front to local communities and hopefully this resource enhances access to such policies.
Crowd-sourcing exemplar selection and reconsideration policies (as well as state regulations) is our most effective and efficient option to bring the best resources to librarians across the country. Please take a moment to review the spreadsheet at bit.ly/ALAYSLSRPolicies to contribute links from your own state to support our youth services librarians.
If your state has a number of policies by the time you check, feel free to contact friends from other states who lack information AND stay tuned for other chances to contribute. We will be asking for help over the upcoming months for resources across a variety of topics from advocacy talking points to programming for EDI across settings!
Nan Brown is a secondary school librarian and advocacy coordinator for Georgia Library Media Association, and the current chair of the AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee on School and Public Library Cooperation.